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Mantissa is a novel where a writer folwes meets his muse — and this is quite symptomatic because Mantissa is a book in which his muse had left John Fowles. I’m amazed, because I usually find Fowles’s work so engaging. Then it descends into meta-chaos and endless fowkes of conflicting and testing dialogue between the two leads, ending with very little understanding or likability for either of them, especially the female, but I think that’s more the author being anti-feminist in execution.

But we’re still treated to a lot of nonelucidated namedropping of Greek words, Greek authors, etc. Yine Ne desem bilemiyorum.

MANTISSA by John Fowles | Kirkus Reviews

I may come back to it, maybe it was just unfairly picked up by me at the wrong time. 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. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. John Fowles’ Mantissa left me perplexed – not because Jphn 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.


It seems Brits of a certain age can johb these unobtrusive, non-explicit stage plays, one after another, if they’re less honest than Fowles. His expression of being a man of his era as mahtissa as a feminist, a man both so finely tuned to the feminine mind, as well as one ready to admit it could still baffle a part of him, set as it mamtissa in direct parallel to artistic endeavour, was particularly courageous.

The opening chapter is really brilliant. Refresh and try again. Please provide an email address.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. During his tenure on the island he began to write poetry and to overcome a long-time repression about writing.

I haven’t read anything by Fowles yet, and judging by some of the reviews here this was a very bad one to start with. It reminded me of another book I didn’t finish Giles Goat-Boy in that it’s so steeped in its own metaphor that it became unbearably difficult to care about the words on the page, because those words weren’t telling a story, they were Making A Point. 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.

I read the first section, which is 45 pages, and 8 pages of the second section, then literally said to myself, What am I doing? Mildly amusing, mildly erotic, mildly neurotic. I don’t think it’d change anyone’s life. 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.

He recalled the English suburban culture jonn the s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional. It is a side skirmish on the battle of the sexes.


Mantissa by John Fowles

Thus, by the last chapter, I had lost all interest and had no desire to finish the book. I love John Fowles’ other novels like The Magus but there is a reason I had never heard of this book before stumbling across it at a used bookstore.

Mantissa is a tour de force of imaginative writing. Paperbackpages. 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. Imagine Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel written as a fictitious dialogue with himself. Probably the kind of book only an established author would be able to get into print.

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. But the Point is the only point, meaning the book just isn’t for me.


In the end, it could be mantisssa that the fictional male writer was at war with his inner male and female self. Aug 30, Kara rated it it was ok. After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years.

Open Preview See a Problem? A Life in Two Worldswas published inand the first mantisssa of his journals appeared the same year followed recently by volume two.

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