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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So confused by this book. It is a boring, pretentious and uninspiring read. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe mabtissa be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Even the dumbest students know it’s a reflexive medium now, not a reflective one.

He’s not going to waste his time over the messy garage-mechanic drudge of assembling stories and characters on paper. The Aristosa collection of philosophical thoughts and musings on art, human nature and other subjects, appeared the following year. Imagine Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel written cowles a fictitious dialogue with himself.


I love John Fowles, but this is ridiculous. Sorry everyone, but Mantissa is a collection of meaningless ramblings, sometimes meandering through the author’s immoral sexual fantasies. I thought his suggestion to this imaginary woman that she foeles working as a reviewer was ugly and uncalled for.

To ask other readers questions about Mantissaplease sign up. Preview — Mantissa by John Fowles. There are no discussion topics vowles this book yet. Then fowlds two happened. Apr 17, hilary rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.


It is also kind of mental masturbation, or thinking aloud in public. Thus, by the last chapter, I had lost all interest and had no desire to finish the book.

Paperbackpages. Even the muse Erata tells him “In my entire four thousand years I’ve never met such arrogance.

I’ll still read his other book since they seem a lot more The book opens with Green immobilized on a bed in a padded room. Just as happily, the hilarious and pointed asides about deconstructionists, postmodernists and other weirdos of 80s academia who “proved” that authors don’t write their own books are barbs now missing their target, since I can see no evidence that readers bother to even buy postmodernist books.

In late Fowles completed the first draft of The Collector in just four weeks. He recalled the English suburban culture of the s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional. Please don’t waste your precious time on this. View all 3 comments. The opening chapter is really brilliant.

mantjssa What a turgid, ham-fisted bore this novel is! Mantissa by John Fowles. Probably the kind of book only an established author would be able to get into print. Feb 23, Connor rated it did not like it. 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.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But this, this was a slog.

Mantissa by John Fowles

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? Naturally, I didn’t understand most of it. The author of two of my favorite novels The Magus and The Collector has failed me.

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Mantissa (novel) – Wikipedia

I just wish I’d had the forethought to google the meaning before buying: 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.

There he conversed, warred and made love with his fictional female character in ping pong fashion. The dialogues were complex and was too tedious to keep up with the deflection and segues that I could not understand. 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.

It is enormously focused, and seems a microscopic study of the cerebral and creative powers which presented the characters of his previous works.