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Mantissa (novel) – Wikipedia

In the s Fowles worked on a variety of literary projects–including a series of essays on nature–and in he published a collection of poetry, Poems.

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.

Books by John Fowles. My knowledge of Greek Mythology and the Muses is very limited, as is my knowledge of modernism, post-modernism and theory of literature. Just accept that that’s the way the biological cards have fallen. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Mantissa is a jantissa de force of imaginative writing.

The summary here on Goodreads is sadly short and not at all indicative of the true content of the novel, otherwise I I haven’t read anything by Fowles yet, and judging by some of the reviews here this was a very bad one to start mantiasa. It’s okay but it’s really a bit too playful and whimsical for my tastes to be honest.

It was a chore to read this book. FromFowles lived in the small harbour town of Lyme Regis. One of the most turgid pieces of shit I’ve ever read. However, the author, John Fowles, carried his concept to an extreme; he pushed it a few chapters too far with excruciating redundancy.

Happily, the “meta” part of this meta-novel seems largely subdued. 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. Even the muse Erata tells him “In my entire four thousand years I’ve never met such arrogance. 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.


Mantissa also reveals much about Fowles’ writing process and literary outlook. 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.

Perhaps the book’s streak of narcissism was just too broad for my priggish tastes? 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. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

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 Feb 23, Connor rated it did not like it. To which I say, Enough already, I get it! Paperbackpages.

Aug 30, Kara rated it it was ok. 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.

Then inThe Magus – drafts of which Fowles had been working on for over a decade – was published. Wormholesa book of essays, was published in May 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. I think both descriptions were very honest and extremely funny i found this book both enjoyable and frustrating.


Mantissa by John Fowles

This book might appear to anyone seeking ‘light summer fiction’ as a truly oulipoesque wank for its near-omphaloskeptic, semi-schizophrenic foeles with the author’s muse.

Might have made a cute short story. I’ll still read his other book since they seem a lot more It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner. Green suffers from amnesia and does not know his name or his family. The title alone should be an indication of the book. Go live your lives. In late Fowles completed the first draft of The Collector in just four weeks. Jan 05, Beth rated it really liked it. Delfie and her West Indian nurse apply unorthodox therapy to restore his memory.

I love John Fowles, but this is ridiculous.


Sep 08, Enrico rated it did not like it. I enjoy feeling smart when I read something or am told something. Please don’t waste your precious time on this. He also wrote the text for several photographic compilations. The whole book is an argument between Green Fowles and himself Fowles using straw female figures as his discourse opponent. For the most part it was a fun, if not neurotic read. A mantixsa chapters less, rounded out, in Fowles own fashion, would have made for wonderful novel, beginning to end.

Published August 4th by Back Bay Books first published