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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In that sense, it is perhaps an ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ of novel-craft, or a Stanislavski-type yarn, a ‘realities-bending’ fiction. Preview — Mantissa by John Fowles. This book was tetrorchideously longer than it needed to be. The whole book is an argument between Green Fowles and himself Fowles using straw female figures as his discourse opponent.

Fowles had unaccountabl “Mantissa” means essentially an unnecessary verbal addendum. Fowles wonderfully self-critiques his own insecurities and shortcomings both subtly and boldly as a novelist, a “surrealistic preamble” as his muse calls it.

Fowles, of course, executes his “mantissa” O. Several teaching jobs followed: My knowledge of Greek Mythology and the Muses is very limited, as is my knowledge of modernism, post-modernism and theory of literature. Per my, verbally, far more interesting book, “Are the English Human?

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. During his tenure on the island he began to write poetry and to overcome a long-time repression about writing. Please provide an email address. Sep 08, Enrico rated it did not like it.


I just wish I’d had the forethought to google the meaning before buying: Musings on literary movements! Aug 30, Kara rated it it was ok. Mantissa is a tour de force of imaginative writing. Please don’t waste your precious time on this. Of his childhood, Fowles said “I have tried to escape ever since. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

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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.

If you like existentialist metafiction, maybe you’ll like this. Lists with This Book. I don’t have that kind of brain or interest. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It seems Brits of a certain age can write these unobtrusive, non-explicit stage plays, one after another, if they’re less honest than Fowles.


But maantissa self is also its own bickering spouse, mutually disdainful of the predicament taking place i. Open Preview See a Problem? It is enormously focused, and seems a microscopic study of the cerebral and creative powers which presented the characters of his previous works.

John Fowles passed away on November 5, after a long illness.

Aug 28, Jason Mashak rated it really liked it. It is critical, unflattering, amusing, fascinating and demanding. The opening chapter is really brilliant.

But the Point is the only point, meaning the book just isn’t for me. The book opens with Green immobilized on a bed in a padded room. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

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Between and he wrote several novels but offered none to a foqles, considering them all incomplete in some way and too lengthy. To ask other readers questions about Mantissaplease sign up.

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I can understand how some hate it but I adored Fowles’ masterful writing, his wit and the incredible twists and turns in the narrative. To which I say, Enough already, I get it! He received a degree in French in and began to consider a career as a writer.

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.

For the most part it was a fun, if not neurotic read. The author of two of my favorite novels The Magus and The Collector has failed me.

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.

FromFowles lived in the small harbour town of Lyme Regis. I read the first section, which is 45 pages, fowwles 8 pages of the second section, then literally said to myself, What am I doing?