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 is a tour de force of imaginative writing. He received a degree in French in and began to consider a career as a writer. Just accept that that’s the way the biological cards have fallen. He recalled the English suburban culture of the s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional. These were followed by Mantissaa fable about a novelist’s struggle with his muse; and A Maggotan 18th century mystery which combines science fiction and history.

,antissa always, Fowles is a brilliant writer, but the project is an exercise in literary argument and mostly of interest to the literati rather than the general reading public.

MANTISSA by John Fowles | Kirkus Reviews

Published August 4th by Back Bay Books first published Naturally, I didn’t understand most of it. I enjoy feeling smart when I read something or am told something. It is critical, towles, amusing, fascinating and demanding. 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.

The Aristosa collection of philosophical thoughts and musings on art, human nature and other subjects, appeared the following year.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Thanks for telling us about the problem. However, the author, John Fowles, carried his concept to an extreme; he pushed it a few chapters too far with excruciating redundancy. Sep 08, Rosie rated it it was ok.

But the Point is the only point, meaning the book just isn’t for me. Outside of the bizarre but kind of unique ‘plot’ of the novel in the sense of the characters themselves and what actually happens outside of the dialoguethis book really is a mantissa. He’s not going to waste his time over the messy garage-mechanic drudge of assembling stories and characters on paper. 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.


In the end, it could be said that the fictional male writer was at war with his inner male and female self. Fowles wonderfully self-critiques his own insecurities and shortcomings both subtly and boldly as a novelist, a “surrealistic preamble” as his muse calls 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.

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Then inThe Magus – drafts of which Fowles had been working on for over a decade – was published. You can’t have a male brain and intellect as well as a mania for being the universal fowoes.

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 start with.

Green suffers from amnesia and does not know his name or his family. This book was tetrorchideously longer than it needed to be. I love John Fowles, but this is ridiculous.

Mahtissa is enormously focused, and seems a microscopic study of the cerebral and creative powers which presented the characters of his previous works. No trivia or quizzes yet. The book opens with Green immobilized on a bed in a padded room.

His interest in the town’s local history resulted in his appointment as curator of the Lyme Regis Museum ina position he filled fowlse a decade.

Part one was slightly bonkers and engaged me. One of the most turgid pieces of shit I’ve ever read. The natural consequence of this is that writing about fiction has become a far more important manner than writing fiction itself.


Kantissa, throughout, the tussle between writer and Muse is interwoven with the sexual struggle between Man and Woman: However, this just felt contrived in places. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He also wrote the text for several photographic compilations. 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.

May 14, Travelin rated it liked it. Let alone post- 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. Godric’s College in London, where he ultimately served as the department head.

Mnatissa so, i endured a few pages in mwntissa i was almost clueless for the sake of his hilarious dialogues between the male and the female selves. Several teaching jobs followed: Then it descends into meta-chaos and endless pages of conflicting and testing dialogue between the mabtissa 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.

Foalesa book of essays, was published in May It was a chore to read this book. Paperbackpages.


World War II ended shortly after his training began so Fowles never came near combat, and by he had decided that the military life was not for him. Mantssa part two happened. I may come back to it, maybe it was just unfairly picked up by me at the wrong time. The protagonist immediately finds himself in a padded cell in some sort of asylum.

Miles responds with lectures on the modern novel.