Mantissa (Back Bay Books) [John Fowles] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In Mantissa (), a novelist awakes in the hospital with. Serious modern fiction has only one subject: the difficulty of writing serious modern fiction.” So says Fowles’ alter-ego here. And, if that idea was. In Fowles’s latest novel, however, the heroine’s part in this catalytic process is less easy to determine. For in Mantissa Fowles was not content merely.

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Mantissa by John Fowles

folwes Jan 05, Beth rated it really liked it. I think both descriptions were very honest and extremely funny i found this book both enjoyable and frustrating. Feb 23, Connor rated it did not like it. It also read as more than a touch misogynistic. But I don’t, no matter how well written it is.

Return to Book Page. Mantissa is a novel where a writer ostensibly meets his muse — and this is quite symptomatic because Mantissa is a book in which his muse had left John Fowles.

Happily, the “meta” part of this meta-novel seems largely subdued. Mantissa is a tour de force of imaginative writing. His interest in the town’s local history resulted in his appointment as curator of the Lyme Regis Museum ina position he filled for a decade.

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mantiasa It is critical, unflattering, amusing, fascinating and demanding. Even so, i endured a few pages in which i was almost clueless for the sake of his hilarious dialogues between the male and the female selves. May 14, Travelin rated it liked it. Fowles then spent four years at Oxford, where he discovered the writings of the French existentialists.


Apr 17, hilary rated it it was ok Shelves: I don’t think it’d change anyone’s life. But we’re still treated to a lot of nonelucidated namedropping of Greek words, Greek authors, etc. And, however richly executed, this remains an overextended intellectual vaudeville-sketch–alternately fascinating and tedious, with distinctly special, limited appeal.

Bloated with self-importance and self-referential in the most smug way possible. I just wish I’d had the forethought to google the meaning before buying: If you like existentialist metafiction, maybe you’ll like this.

I can understand how some hate it but I adored Fowles’ masterful writing, his wit and the incredible twists and turns in the narrative. It quickly becomes apparent that the entire scenario is a metaphor for Fowles’ mind, the writing of his novels, and his response to literary criticism.

Delfie and her West Indian nurse apply unorthodox therapy to restore his memory. Mantissa also reveals much about Fowles’ writing process and literary outlook. This is the furiously powerful mind of Fowles scrutinising the form and subject and process of his novels, his instincts as an artist, and himself within the strange ‘walls’ of fiction.

In Mantissaa novelist awakes in the hospital with amnesia — and comes to believe that a beautiful female doctor is, in fact, his muse. May 22, Surreysmum rated it it was ok Shelves: Please don’t waste your precious time on this. However, this just felt contrived in places. A most sublime read for those interested in such topics; and perhaps a gruelling bore to those who aren’t. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

But the Point is the only point, meaning the book just isn’t for me. The Aristosa collection of philosophical thoughts and musings on art, human nature and other subjects, appeared the following year.



But that self is also its own bickering spouse, mutually disdainful of the predicament taking place i. World War II ended shortly after fowkes training began so Fowles never came near combat, and by he had decided that the military life was not for him. Took me longer than I anticipated but I managed to trudge it through. He continued to revise it until the summer ofwhen he submitted it to a publisher; it appeared in the spring of and was an immediate best-seller.

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Actual literal masturbation fpwles his own characters and prose. Part one was slightly bonkers and engaged me. Between and he wrote several novels but offered none to a publisher, considering them all incomplete in some way and too lengthy.

John Fowles’ Mantissa left me perplexed – not because I couldn’t figure out that mantiesa a novel about the creative process; that much stares you in the face – but because I can’t quite put my fwles on why it leaves a bad taste in my mouth said she, madly mixing metaphors. Wormholesa book of essays, was published in May A few chapters less, rounded out, in Fowles own fashion, would have made for wonderful novel, beginning to end.

You can’t have a male brain and intellect as well as a mania for being the universal girlfriend.