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.

Author: Akinorn Kagazshura
Country: Indonesia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Life
Published (Last): 8 February 2012
Pages: 284
PDF File Size: 10.70 Mb
ePub File Size: 4.74 Mb
ISBN: 217-4-77737-163-9
Downloads: 48207
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Tagrel

The book opens with Green immobilized on a bed in a padded room. Go live your lives. Mantissa also reveals much about Fowles’ writing process and literary outlook.

Mantissa by John Fowles

It is enormously focused, and seems a microscopic study of the cerebral and creative powers which pre 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.

One of the most turgid pieces of shit I’ve ever read. If you like mantiesa metafiction, maybe you’ll like this.

Be the first to discover new talent! 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.

Yine Ne desem bilemiyorum. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

The Aristosa collection of philosophical thoughts and musings on art, human nature and other subjects, appeared the following year. Dec 09, Riff rated it it was amazing Shelves: What do you think modernism was about? It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner.


Thus, by the last chapter, I had lost all interest and had no desire to finish the book. However, this just felt contrived in places.

There he conversed, warred and made love with his fictional female character in ping pong fashion. My knowledge of Greek Mythology and the Muses is very limited, as is my knowledge of modernism, post-modernism and theory of literature.

This book was tetrorchideously longer than it needed to be. Paperbackpages. John Fowles’ Mantissa left fowes 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.

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. The whole book is an argument between Green Fowles and himself Fowlws using straw female figures as his discourse opponent.


In particular he admired Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, whose writings corresponded with his own ideas about conformity and the will of the individual.

You can’t have a male brain and intellect as well as a mania for being the universal girlfriend. Fowles had unaccountably been in England too long, after several early years believing he was fowlee Greek. And, throughout, the tussle between writer and Muse is interwoven with the sexual struggle between Man and Woman: Imagine Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel written as a fictitious dialogue with himself.

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.


MANTISSA by John Fowles | Kirkus Reviews

The critical acclaim and commercial success of the book allowed Fowles to devote all of his time to writing. For the most part it was a fun, if not neurotic read. I think both descriptions were very honest and extremely funny i found this book both enjoyable and frustrating. Per my, verbally, far more interesting book, “Are the English Human? Even the muse Erata tells him “In my entire four thousand years I’ve never met such arrogance. mantissz

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?

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.

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. I’m amazed, because I usually find Fwoles work so engaging.

Probably the kind of book only an established author would be able to get into print. Mantisza one 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.