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Even the dumbest students know it’s a reflexive medium now, not a reflective one. It is a boring, pretentious and uninspiring read. Just accept that that’s the way the biological cards have fallen. So confused by this book.

It is also kind of mental masturbation, or thinking aloud in public. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. One of the most turgid pieces of shit I’ve ever read. I read mantiwsa first section, which is 45 pages, and 8 pages of the second section, then literally said to myself, What am I doing?

Green suffers from amnesia and does not know his name or his family. Fowles had unaccountably been in England too long, after several early years believing he was somehow Greek. Jantissa ask other readers questions about Mantissaplease sign up. Miles responds with lectures on the modern novel.

The book opens with Green immobilized on a bed in a padded room. Published August 4th by Back Bay Books first published He recalled the English suburban culture of the s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional.

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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 I think that’s more the author being anti-feminist in execution. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. It is enormously focused, and seems a microscopic study of the cerebral and creative powers which pre 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.


This one seemed like the kind of thing you’d read in an English class in school, it’s so loaded with stuff. I think both descriptions were very honest and extremely funny i found this book both enjoyable and frustrating.


Fowles admitted it was a bagatelle, a mere side-note novel hence the titlebut I found the book more satisfying than that. John Fowles passed away on November 5, after a long illness.

This is like a meta-novel, reflecting on the muses and post-modernism, and I think probably only interesting to John in the moment mantlssa mused on muses, and not for long after.

The protagonist immediately finds himself in a padded cell in some sort of asylum. The title alone should be an indication of the book. Nov 14, Amanda Ure rated it liked it. But don’t mantizsa to think in addition. Dec 08, Daniel Brewster rated it did not like it.

Probably the kind of book only an established author would be able to get into print. 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. But this, this was a slog.


Per my, verbally, far more interesting book, “Are the English Human? 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.

Fowles had unaccountabl “Mantissa” means essentially an unnecessary verbal addendum. Erato confuses lung with Erica Jong. My knowledge of Greek Mythology and the Muses is very limited, as is my knowledge of modernism, post-modernism and theory of literature.

I thought I was in for another weird and twisted treat but alas then the reality checks come in and it all became rather like Greek to me. It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner. There was a problem adding your email address.

Apr 17, hilary rated it it was ok Shelves: Then inThe Magus – drafts of which Fowles had been working on for over a decade – was published. Fowles self-parody; his most comic novel although there aren’t many belly-laughs.

The opening chapter is really brilliant. Dec 09, Riff rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was a chore to read this book.

Be the first to discover new talent! The critical acclaim and commercial success of the book allowed Fowles to devote all of his time to writing. He also wrote the text for several photographic compilations. Part one was slightly bonkers and engaged me.

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