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Lists with This Book. The author of two johnn my favorite novels The Mantisss and The Collector has failed me.
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? This book is terrible. What a turgid, ham-fisted bore this novel is!
I’m amazed, because I usually find Fowles’s work so engaging. But this, this was a slog. It reminded me of another book I didn’t finish Giles Goat-Boy in that it’s so steeped in its own metaphor that it became unbearably difficult to care about the words on the mantixsa, because those words weren’t telling a story, they were Making A Point. To which I say, Mantissw already, I get it!
But the Point is the only point, meaning the book just isn’t for me. Dec 24, Jenny Reading Envy rated it it was ok Shelves: I love John Fowles’ other novels like The Magus but there is a reason I had never heard of this book before stumbling across it at a used bookstore.
This is like a meta-novel, reflecting on the muses and post-modernism, and I think probably only interesting to John in the moment he mused on muses, and not for long after.
By definition I’m in despair. Musings on literary movements! What do you think modernism was about? Even the dumbest students know it’s gowles reflexive medium now, not a reflective one. First, it has fully accepted that it is only fiction, can ,antissa be fiction, will never be anything but fiction, and therefore has no business at all tampering with real life or reality The natural consequence of this is that writing about fiction has become a far more important manner than writing fiction itself.
It’s one of the best ways you can tell the true novelist nowadays. He’s not going to waste his time over the messy garage-mechanic drudge of assembling stories and characters on paper. But don’t try to think in addition. Just accept that that’s the way the biological cards have fallen. You can’t have a male brain and intellect as well as a mania for being the universal girlfriend.
May 14, Travelin rated it liked it. Mildly amusing, mildly erotic, mildly neurotic. It mostly seems like the work of a dirty old man treading water, mildly undecided between putting sex or love, or some combination of the two, at the sole apex of life, while suspecting those same impulses for trapping him in boring dialogues and marriages.
I thought his suggestion to this imaginary woman that she try working as a reviewer was ugly and uncalled for. Fowles had unaccountabl “Mantissa” means essentially an unnecessary verbal addendum.
Fowles had unaccountably been in England too long, after several early years believing he was somehow Greek. But we’re still treated to a lot of nonelucidated namedropping of Greek words, Greek authors, etc. Per my, verbally, far more interesting book, “Are the English Human? 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.
Happily, the “meta” part of this meta-novel seems largely subdued.
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.
View all 3 comments. 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. 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.
Serious modern fiction has only one subject: 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. Yine Ne desem bilemiyorum.
Mantissa by John Fowles
Feb 23, Connor rated it did not like it. Fosles of the most turgid pieces of shit I’ve ever read. Bloated with self-importance and self-referential in the most smug way possible. Actual literal masturbation over his own characters and prose.
Sep 08, Enrico rated it did not like it. This book was tetrorchideously longer than it needed to be. Might have made a cute short story. Jan 05, Beth rated it really liked it. I enjoyed the symbolic room which brought the reader into the fictional writer’s brain.
There he conversed, warred and made love with his fictional female character in ping pong fashion. 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. Her character changed repeatedly, from a Goth boi to a demur, sensitive young girl. In the end, it could be said that the fictional male writer was at war with his inner male and female self. For the most part it was a fun, if not neurotic read.
However, the author, John Fowles, carried his concept to an extreme; he pushed it a few chapters too far with excruciating redundancy. Thus, by the last chapter, I had lost all interest and had no desire to finish the book. A few chapters less, rounded out, in Fowles own fashion, would have made for wonderful novel, beginning to end. Dec 01, Stephen rated it it was ok. My knowledge of Greek Mythology and the Muses is very limited, as is my knowledge of modernism, post-modernism and theory of literature.
Thus, I may have missed many of the points he was trying to put across. In some parts I enjoyed his verbal jousting and sparring with his two characters, but eventually I tired of being yanked back into reality and the theory of the modern novel.
The opening chapter is really brilliant. 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. Dec 09, Riff rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
It is critical, unflattering, amusing, fascinating and demanding. 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. 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.
It is enormously focused, and seems a microscopic study of the cerebral and creative powers which presented the characters of his previous works. In that sense, it is perhaps an ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ of novel-craft, or a Stanislavski-type yarn, a ‘realities-bending’ fiction. His expression of being a man of his era as well as a feminist, a man both so finely tuned to the feminine mind, as well as one ready to admit it could still baffle a part of him, set as it is in direct parallel to artistic endeavour, was particularly courageous.
A most sublime read for those interested in such topics; and perhaps a gruelling bore to those who aren’t.
Jun 19, Natalia Oprea rated it liked it. All his theories about novel and the historical details fowlex British novelists and poets exceeded my humble knowledge. 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. I think both descriptions were very honest and extremely funny i found this book both enjoyable and frustrating.
I think both descriptions were very honest and extremely funny in their accuracy. It is worth reading, solely because it reveals to the readers the silliness and the stereotypes of their thinking in this endless but yet hilarious battle of the sexes Fowles self-parody; his most comic novel although there aren’t many belly-laughs.
The protagonist immediately finds himself in a padded cell in some sort of asylum. It quickly becomes apparent that the entire scenario is a metaphor for Fowles’ mind, the writing of his novels, and his response to literary criticism. Mantissa also reveals much about Fowles’ writing process and literary outlook. 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.
Fowles admitted it was a bagatelle, a mere side-note novel hence the titlebut I found the book more satisfying than that.