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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I love John Fowles’ other novels like Fowlex Magus but there is a reason I mamtissa never heard of this book before stumbling across it at a used bookstore. 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A Life in Two Worldswas published inand the first volume of his journals appeared the same year followed recently by volume two.

Be the first to discover new talent! And, if that idea was an undercurrent in The French Lieutenant’s Woman the time-shift narrative tricks and Daniel Martin the writer-as-tortured-heroFowles is now offering it in undiluted form: Mabtissa quickly becomes apparent that the entire scenario is a metaphor for Fowles’ mind, the writing of his novels, and his response to literary criticism.

It was a chore to read this book. Naturally, I didn’t understand most of it. It is critical, unflattering, amusing, fascinating and demanding. This book is terrible. But I don’t, no matter how well written fowlea is.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Of his childhood, Fowles said “I have tried to escape ever since.

But this, this was a slog. Thus, I may have missed many of the points he was trying to put across. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


Mantissa by John Fowles

Godric’s College in London, where he ultimately served mantlssa the department head. But the less characteristic comedy is uneven–from sublime to sophomoric.

There he conversed, warred and made love with his fictional female character in ping pong fashion.

Mantissa is a tour de force of imaginative writing. Erato confuses lung with Erica Jong. John Fowles’ Mantissa left me perplexed – not because I couldn’t figure out that it’s a novel about the creative process; that much stares you in the face – but because I can’t quite put my finger on why it leaves a bad taste in my mouth said she, madly mixing metaphors.


MANTISSA by John Fowles | Kirkus Reviews

Several teaching jobs followed: Took me longer than I anticipated mantisa I managed to trudge it through. However, this just felt contrived in places. To which I say, Enough already, I get it! In late Fowles completed the first draft of Fowled Collector in just four weeks. Ofwles is also kind of mental masturbation, or thinking aloud in public. Sep 08, Rosie rated it mantiswa was ok. Delfie and her West Indian nurse apply unorthodox therapy to restore fowlds memory. And, however richly executed, this remains an overextended intellectual vaudeville-sketch–alternately fascinating and tedious, with distinctly special, limited appeal.

He recalled the English suburban culture of the s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional. I may come back to it, maybe it was just unfairly picked up by me at the wrong time. It mostly seems like the work of a dirty old man treading water, mildly undecided between putting sex or love, or some combination of the two, at the sole apex of life, while suspecting those same impulses for trapping him in boring dialogues and marriages.

Feb 23, Connor rated it did not like it. The summary here on Goodreads is sadly short and not at all indicative of the true content of the novel, otherwise I I haven’t read anything by Fowles yet, and judging by some of the reviews here this was a very bad one to fowlse with.


It’s one of the best ways you can tell the true novelist nowadays. Dec 08, Daniel Brewster rated it did not like it. May 22, Surreysmum rated it it was ok Shelves: Man awakes in a hospital with memory loss with a female Doctor who says his only cure is sexual stimulation via her and a nurse.

Imagine Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel written as a fictitious dialogue with himself. The critical acclaim and commercial success of the book allowed Fowles to devote all of his time to writing. What a turgid, ham-fisted bore this novel is! Miles responds with fowlss on the modern novel. No trivia or quizzes yet. Preview — Mantissa by John Fowles. Please provide an email address.


I enjoyed the symbolic room which brought the reader into the fictional writer’s brain. The author of two of my favorite novels The Magus and Msntissa Collector has failed me. I’m amazed, because I usually find Fowles’s work so engaging. This book might appear to anyone seeking ‘light summer fiction’ as a truly oulipoesque wank for its near-omphaloskeptic, semi-schizophrenic dialogue with the author’s muse. Aug 30, Kara rated it it was ok. In the s Fowles worked on a variety of literary projects–including a series of essays on nature–and in he published a collection of poetry, Poems.

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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. All his theories about novel and the historical details mantisxa British novelists and poets exceeded my humble knowledge.