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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He continued to revise it until the summer ofwhen he submitted it to a publisher; it appeared in the spring of and was an immediate best-seller. maantissa

You can’t have a male brain and intellect as well as a mania for being the universal girlfriend. Might have made a cute short story.

He received a degree in French in and began to consider a career as a writer. It’s one of the best ways you can tell the true novelist nowadays. Refresh and try again. Dec 09, Riff rated it it was amazing Shelves: In some parts I enjoyed his verbal jousting and sparring with foales two characters, but eventually I tired of being yanked back into reality and the theory of the modern novel.

Yine Ne desem bilemiyorum. I don’t think it’d change anyone’s life. I can understand how some hate it but I adored Fowles’ masterful writing, his wit and the incredible twists and turns in the narrative. Then it descends into meta-chaos and endless pages of conflicting and testing dialogue between the two leads, ending with very little understanding or likability for either of them, especially the female, but Fowlex think that’s more the author being anti-feminist in execution.


Mantissa is a tour de force of imaginative writing. Mildly amusing, mildly erotic, mildly neurotic. I don’t have that kind of brain or interest. Erato mantisa lung with Erica Jong. Nov 14, Amanda Ure rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.


As always, Fowles is a brilliant writer, but the project is an exercise in literary argument and mostly of interest to the literati rather than the general reading public. Her character changed repeatedly, from a Goth boi to a demur, sensitive young girl. 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.

Green suffers from amnesia and does not know his name or his family. Several teaching jobs followed: Thus, I may have missed many of the points he was trying to put across. Fowles, of course, executes his “mantissa” O. 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.

Between and he wrote several novels but offered none to a publisher, considering them all incomplete in some way and too lengthy.

Mantissa by John Fowles

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. For the most part it was a fun, if not neurotic read. Imagine Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel written as a fictitious dialogue with himself.

In that sense, it mantiasa perhaps an ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ of novel-craft, or a Stanislavski-type yarn, a ‘realities-bending’ fiction.

All his theories about novel and the historical details about British novelists and poets exceeded my humble knowledge.

Books by John Fowles.

It is a side skirmish on the battle of the sexes. Of his childhood, Fowles said “I have tried to escape ever since. And, however richly executed, this mantssa an overextended intellectual vaudeville-sketch–alternately fascinating and tedious, with distinctly special, limited appeal. I may come back to it, maybe it was just unfairly picked up by me at the wrong time.


This one seemed like the kind of thing you’d read in an English kantissa in school, it’s so loaded with stuff. Feb 23, Connor rated it did not like it. Even the muse Erata tells him “In my entire mantiss thousand years I’ve never met such arrogance. So confused by this book. It is critical, unflattering, amusing, fascinating and demanding. But we’re still treated to a lot of nonelucidated namedropping of Greek words, Greek authors, etc.

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.

But the less characteristic comedy is uneven–from sublime to sophomoric. Mantissz, the fowkes part of this meta-novel seems largely subdued. Per my, verbally, far more interesting book, “Are the English Human? First, it has fully accepted that it is only fiction, can only be fiction, will never be anything but fiction, and therefore has no business at all tampering with real life or reality