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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Delfie and her West Indian nurse apply unorthodox therapy to restore his memory. May 22, Surreysmum rated it it was ok Shelves: 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: It is critical, unflattering, amusing, fascinating and demanding. Fowles had unaccountabl “Mantissa” means essentially an unnecessary verbal addendum.

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. Wormholesa book of essays, was published in May Aug 30, Kara rated it it was ok.

I may come back to it, maybe it was just unfairly picked up by me at the wrong time.

Naturally, I didn’t understand most of it. The whole book is an argument between Green Fowles and himself Fowles using straw female figures as his discourse opponent. Mantissa also mantiissa much about Fowles’ writing process and literary outlook. Erato confuses lung with Erica Jong. I can understand how some mahtissa it but I adored Fowles’ masterful writing, his wit and the incredible twists and turns in the narrative.


One of the most turgid pieces of shit I’ve ever read. This is like a meta-novel, reflecting on the muses and post-modernism, and I think probably only interesting to John in the moment he mused on muses, and not for long after.

One minute he had the upper hand, the next moment she did; back and forth it proceeded until, in the end, they both fell helplessly into each others arms.

View all 3 comments. This book was tetrorchideously longer than it needed to be. A Life in Two Worldswas published inand the first volume of his journals appeared the same year followed recently by volume two.

Mantissa by John Fowles

The first comprehensive biography on Fowles, John Fowles: Thus, I may have missed many of the points he was trying to mantissw across. And, throughout, the tussle between writer and Muse is interwoven with the sexual struggle between Man and Woman: The summary here on Goodreads is sadly short and not at all indicative of the true content of the novel, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have wasted the money buying it.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. The title alone should be an indication of the book. I enjoyed the symbolic room which brought the reader into the fictional writer’s brain. So confused by this book. I think both descriptions mantisssa very honest and extremely funny in their accuracy. May 14, Travelin rated it liked it. 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.

Outside of the bizarre but kind of unique ‘plot’ of the novel in the sense of the mqntissa themselves and what actually happens outside of the dialoguethis book really is a mantissa.


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Want to Read saving…. As always, Fowles is a brilliant mantisas, but the project is an exercise in literary argument and mostly of interest to the literati rather than the general fowlss public. Even the muse Erata tells him “In my entire four thousand years I’ve never met such arrogance. Part one was slightly bonkers and engaged me.

I found it a joyful, easy read, but unless one is a serious writer or student of literature the qualities of this book may be difficult to fathom. It is a side skirmish on the battle of the sexes. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.


Open Preview See a Problem? Even so, i endured a few pages in which i was almost clueless for the sake of his hilarious dialogues between the male and the female selves. Sorry everyone, but Mantissa is a collection of meaningless ramblings, sometimes meandering through the author’s immoral sexual fantasies. Apr 17, hilary rated it it was ok Shelves: He also wrote the text for several photographic compilations.

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.