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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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Fowles, of course, executes his “mantissa” O.

I love John Fowles, but this is ridiculous. In the end, it could be said that the fictional male writer was at war with his inner male and female self. Even the dumbest students know it’s a reflexive medium now, not a reflective one.

View all 3 comments. Mantissa also reveals much about Fowles’ writing process and literary outlook. Mantissa is a tour de force of imaginative writing.

Wormholesa book of essays, was published in May Books by John Fowles. Delfie and her West Indian nurse apply unorthodox therapy to restore his memory.

He’s not going to waste his time over the messy garage-mechanic drudge of assembling stories and characters on paper. Paperbackpages. In that sense, it is perhaps an ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ of novel-craft, or a Stanislavski-type yarn, mantiasa ‘realities-bending’ fiction.

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. The natural consequence of this is that writing about fiction has become a far more important manner than writing fiction itself. It reminded me of another book I didn’t finish Giles Goat-Boy in that it’s so mantizsa in its own metaphor that it became unbearably difficult to care about the words on the page, because those words weren’t telling a story, they were Making A Point.


This book is terrible. It also read as more than a touch misogynistic. The time spent in Greece was of great mwntissa to Fowles.

Mantissa by John Fowles

A few chapters less, rounded out, in Fowles own fashion, would have made for wonderful novel, beginning to end. Nov 14, Amanda Ure rated it liked it.

It is enormously focused, and seems a microscopic study of the cerebral and creative powers which pre This is fowlfs 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. It was a chore to read this book.


First, it has fully accepted that it is only fiction, can only be fiction, will never be anything but fiction, foales therefore has no business at all tampering with real life or reality. It is also kind of mental masturbation, or mangissa aloud in public. But we’re still treated to a lot of nonelucidated namedropping of Greek words, Greek authors, etc. Perhaps the book’s streak of narcissism was just too broad for my priggish tastes?

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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. And, throughout, the tussle between writer and Muse is interwoven with the sexual struggle between Man and Woman: 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.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Sep 08, Rosie rated it it was ok. Miles Green wakes up in a hospital bed, apparently afflicted with amnesia; soon a lovely doctor and a sexy nurse are matter-of-factly administering therapeutic sex to the outraged patient. Published August 4th by Back Bay Books first published Please provide an email address.

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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Several teaching jobs followed: Open Preview See a Problem?

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 John Fowles passed away on November 5, after a long illness.