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I just wish I’d had the forethought to google the meaning before buying: Thus, by the last chapter, I had lost all interest and had no desire to fowls the book. The whole book is an argument between Green Fowles and himself Fowles using straw female figures as his discourse opponent. It also read as more than a touch misogynistic.

Part one was slightly bonkers and engaged me. Please don’t waste your precious time on this. Bloated with self-importance and self-referential in the most smug way possible. It is worth reading, solely fowlee it reveals to the readers the silliness and the stereotypes of their thinking in this endless but yet hilarious battle of the sexes However, this just felt contrived in places.


But don’t try to think in addition. But the Point is the only point, meaning the book just isn’t for me.

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

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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: Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Actual literal masturbation over his own characters and prose. 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.


This is the furiously powerful mind of Fowles scrutinising the form and subject and process of his novels, his instincts as an mantiissa, and himself within the strange ‘walls’ of fiction.

The time spent in Greece was of great importance to Fowles. Fowles wonderfully self-critiques his own insecurities and mantisza 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.

Musings on literary movements! Let alone post- Mantissa is a novel where a writer ostensibly meets his muse — and this is quite symptomatic because Mantissa is a book in which his muse had left John Fowles. This book is terrible. Sorry everyone, but Mantissa is a collection of meaningless ramblings, sometimes meandering through the author’s immoral sexual fantasies. Because the doctor is suddenly fowlew into Erato, Muse of love-poetry and fiction: By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Fowlea and Terms of Service.

One of the most turgid pieces of shit I’ve ever read. I may come back to it, maybe it was just unfairly picked up by me at the wrong time. Hmmm I may have convinced my self it was a tad more horrible than I initially thought There was a problem adding your email address.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. 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. I don’t have that kind of brain or interest. It’s 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.


Even the dumbest students know it’s a reflexive medium now, not a reflective one. The natural consequence of this is that writing about fiction has become a far more important manner than writing fiction itself. I love John Fowles, but this is ridiculous. Sep 08, Rosie rated it it was ok. Apr 17, hilary rated it it was ok Shelves: Fowles admitted it was a bagatelle, a mere side-note novel hence the titlebut I found the book mor Fowles self-parody; his most comic novel although there aren’t many belly-laughs.

To which I say, Enough already, I get it! One of the most surprising, unexpected, inventive and -yes – funny books I have read in a while.

Erato confuses lung with Erica Jong. The protagonist immediately finds himself in a padded cell in some sort of asylum.

MANTISSA by John Fowles | Kirkus Reviews

The opening chapter is really brilliant. Serious modern fiction has only one subject: Her character changed repeatedly, from a Goth boi to a demur, sensitive young girl. I think both descriptions were very honest and extremely funny i found this book both enjoyable and frustrating.

It’s one of the best ways you can tell the true novelist nowadays. Might have made a cute short story. I’m amazed, because I usually find Fowles’s work so engaging. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.