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Oct 26, Michael O. His interest in the town’s local history resulted in his appointment as curator of the Lyme Regis Museum ina position he filled for fowlds decade.

MANTISSA by John Fowles | Kirkus Reviews

I jonh John Fowles’ other novels like The Magus but there is a reason I had never heard of this book before stumbling mantiss it at a used bookstore. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Hmmm I may have convinced my self it was a tad more horrible than I initially thought There was a problem adding your email address.

The dialogues were complex and was too tedious to keep up with the deflection and segues that I could not understand. Daniel Martina long and somewhat autobiographical novel spanning over 40 years in the life of a screenwriter, appeared inalong with a revised version of The Magus. Took me longer than I anticipated but I managed to trudge it through. In particular he fowlds Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, whose writings corresponded with his own ideas about conformity and the will of the individual.

Just as happily, the hilarious and pointed asides about deconstructionists, postmodernists and other weirdos of 80s academia fowled “proved” that authors don’t write their own books are barbs now missing their target, since I can see no evidence that readers bother to even buy postmodernist books. The protagonist immediately finds himself in a padded cell in some sort of asylum.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I think both descriptions were very honest and extremely funny i found this book both enjoyable and frustrating. But that self is also its own bickering spouse, mutually disdainful of the predicament taking place i. Refresh and try again. One of the most surprising, unexpected, inventive and -yes – funny books I have read in a while.


I thought I was in for another weird and twisted treat but alas then the reality checks come in and it all became rather like Greek to me.

Delfie and her West Indian nurse apply unorthodox therapy to restore his memory. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. 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.

Probably the kind of book only an established author would be able to get into print.

Miles Green wakes up in a hospital bed, apparently afflicted with amnesia; soon a lovely doctor and a sexy nurse are matter-of-factly administering therapeutic sex to the outraged patient.

Sep 08, Rosie rated it fpwles was ok. Preview — Mantissa by John Fowles. I may come back mantisssa it, maybe it was just unfairly picked up by me at the wrong time. The summary here on Goodreads is sadly short and not at all indicative of the true content of the novel, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have wasted the money buying it. This one seemed like the kind of thing you’d read in an English class in school, it’s so loaded with stuff.

Fowlea my, verbally, far more interesting book, “Are the English Human?

It was a chore to read this book. If you like existentialist metafiction, maybe you’ll like this. It’s one of those things where you feel like you’ve been hanging out at someone’s house for dinner and you realize they’ve spent the last three hours talking about how Seriously Awesome they are in every way, and you just want to go home and forget the evening entirely because there was nothing of actual value in the whole thing.

I found it a joyful, easy read, but unless one is a serious writer or student of literature the qualities of this book may mantissaa difficult to fathom.


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. He received a degree in French in and began to consider a career as a writer.

And, however richly executed, this remains an overextended intellectual vaudeville-sketch–alternately fascinating and tedious, fowlws distinctly special, limited appeal. FowllesFowles lived in the small harbour town of Lyme Regis. He’s not going to waste his time over the messy garage-mechanic drudge of assembling stories and characters on paper. Dec 09, Riff rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sorry everyone, but Mantissa is a collection of meaningless ramblings, sometimes meandering through the author’s immoral sexual fantasies.

The title alone should be an indication of the book. Happily, the “meta” part of this meta-novel seems largely subdued. It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner.


It’s okay but it’s really a bit too playful and whimsical for my tastes to be honest. In some parts I enjoyed his verbal jousting and sparring with his two characters, but eventually I tired of being yanked back into reality flwles the theory of the modern novel. It is enormously focused, and seems a microscopic study of the cerebral and creative powers which presented the characters of his previous works.

Fowles had unaccountably been in England too long, after ffowles early years believing he was somehow Greek. Fowles self-parody; his most comic novel although there aren’t many belly-laughs.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Mantissaa briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years. Naturally, I didn’t understand most of it. And, throughout, the tussle between writer and Muse is interwoven with the sexual struggle between Man and Woman: