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However, the author, John Fowles, carried his concept to an extreme; he pushed it a few chapters too far with excruciating redundancy.


Lists with This Book. By clicking on “Submit” you mmantissa that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Fowles admitted it was a bagatelle, a mere side-note novel hence the titlebut I found the book more satisfying than that. But the less characteristic comedy is uneven–from sublime to sophomoric. Then it descends into meta-chaos and endless pages 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.

Might have made a cute short story. Fowles had unaccountably been in England too long, after several early years believing fpwles was somehow Greek. Godric’s College in London, where he ultimately served as the department head. It is jon boring, pretentious and uninspiring read. As always, Fowles is a brilliant manyissa, but the project is an exercise in literary argument and mostly of interest to the literati rather than the general reading public.

Mantissa also reveals much about Fowles’ writing process and literary outlook. It is a side skirmish on the battle of the sexes. Oct 26, Michael O.

Fowles self-parody; his most comic novel although there aren’t many belly-laughs. He received a degree in French in and began to consider a career as a writer. Part one was slightly bonkers and engaged me.

I can understand how some hate it but I adored Fowles’ masterful writing, his wit and the incredible twists and turns in the narrative.

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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. It’s one of the best ways you can tell the true novelist nowadays.

A most sublime read for those interested in such topics; and perhaps a gruelling bore to those who aren’t. One of the most surprising, unexpected, inventive and -yes – funny books I have read in a while. I thought his suggestion to this imaginary woman that she try working as a reviewer was ugly and uncalled for. First, it has fully accepted that it is only fiction, can only be fiction, will never be anything but fiction, and therefore has no business at all tampering with real life or reality.

His expression of being a man of his era as well as a feminist, a man jogn 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 is in direct parallel ofwles artistic endeavour, was particularly courageous. jhn

It is critical, unflattering, amusing, fascinating and demanding. Please provide an email address. However, this just felt contrived in places. I don’t think it’d change anyone’s life.

Aug 30, Kara rated it it was ok. John Fowles passed away on November 5, after a long illness. It’s fwoles 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 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

Media reporter, folwes, producer, guest booker, blogger. It was a chore to read this book. Took me longer than I anticipated but I managed to trudge it through.


The dialogues were complex and was too tedious to keep up with the deflection and segues that I could not understand. FromFowles lived in the small harbour town of Lyme Regis. It is also kind of mental masturbation, or thinking aloud in public.

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

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. 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: Aug 28, Jason Mashak rated it really liked it.

The title alone should be an indication of the book. And, however richly executed, this remains an overextended intellectual vaudeville-sketch–alternately fascinating and tedious, with distinctly special, limited appeal.

This book is terrible. A few chapters less, rounded out, in Fowles own fashion, would have made for wonderful novel, beginning to end. He continued to revise it mantiwsa the summer ofwhen he submitted it to a publisher; it appeared in the spring of and was an immediate best-seller.

In late Fowles completed the first draft of The Collector in just four weeks.