Mantisa

Mantisa❮PDF / Epub❯ ☂ Mantisa Author John Fowles – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Romanul Mantisa are in centru figura romancierului Miles Green, care, prins in mrejele drogurilor, ajunge in pragul epuizarii fortelor creatoare Pentru refacere este supus unei terapii sexuale, prilej Romanul Mantisa are in centru figura romancierului Miles Green, care, prins in mrejele drogurilor, ajunge in pragul epuizarii fortelor creatoare Pentru refacere este supus unei terapii sexuale, prilej pentru Fowles de a analiza relatia dintre sexe, dar si de a reflecta asupra conditiei creatorului si a creatiei in general. 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 The self aware characters She looks at him over her glasses I m supposed to be a twentieth century woman, Miles By definition I m in despair The self referential descripti 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 The self aware characters She looks at him over her glasses I m supposed to be a twentieth century woman, Miles By definition I m in despair The self referential descriptions of writing Our oblique and tentative dialogue counterpointed by those vistas of thousands of detumescent vegetable penises Well, bonus points for the use of detumescent Musings on literary movements The reflective novel is sixty years dead, Erato What do you think modernism was about Let alone post modernism Even the dumbest students know it s a reflexive medium now, not a reflective one Critiques of literature Serious modern fiction has only one subject the difficulty of writing serious modern fiction 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 The natural consequence of this is that writing about fiction has become a farimportant 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 Self awareness of what this very book is trying to do Obviously the novelist has at some point to write something, just to show how irrelevant and unnecessary the actual writing part of it is And the usual Fowles misogyny, which comes across as farclever in a character than spelled out here Then be a woman, and enjoy it 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 Yeah ugh Stay away Oh, John Good lord The author of two of my favorite novelsThe MagusandThe Collectorhas 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.So I stopped 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 finishGiles Goat Boyin that it s so ste Oh, John Good lord The author of two of my favorite novelsThe MagusandThe Collectorhas 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.So I stopped 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 finishGiles Goat Boyin that it s so steeped 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 To which I say, Enough already, I get it But the Point is the only point, meaning the book just isn t for me One 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. Mantissa means essentially an unnecessary verbal addendum 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 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 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., etc Per my, verbally, farinteresting book, Are the English Human , written by a Flemish French immigrant to the UK in the 1920s, Fowles has become thoroughly English here he has become indifferent to the English language, although he s still enthralled by a long Greek trainwreck of a word or two 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.Suspicion 1 confirmed this was the last novel Fowles wroteSuspicion 2 uncomfirmed he was only middle aged, not oldSuspicion 3 unnecessary Was he happily married at the time 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 And I ll tell you what a modern satyr is He s someone who invents a woman on paper so that he can force her to say and do things no real woman in her right mind ever would, a hypothetical muse quite knows what she is talking about The reflective novel is sixty years dead, Erato What do you think modernism was about 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 And I ll tell you what a modern satyr is He s someone who invents a woman on paper so that he can force her to say and do things no real woman in her right mind ever would, a hypothetical muse quite knows what she is talking about The reflective novel is sixty years dead, Erato What do you think modernism was about Let alone post modernism Even the dumbest students know it s a reflexive medium now, not a reflective one.Serious modern fiction has only one subject the difficulty of writing serious modern fiction 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 But some thoughts about postmodernism seemed to me rather interesting This book was tetrorchideously longer than it needed to be Might have made a cute short story. This is a proper curio which I picked up after reading The Magus The story of a writer with amnesia talking and otherwise interacting with his muse, the bad reviews and relative obscurity of the book tempted me and I wasn t disappointed This is a bad novel, full of awful, seventies sexist crap plenty of waffle and beardy intellectual verbiage too but it s also hilariously, sometimes even seriously, fascinating For me it fitted right into a catagory of books which I love junk by famous This is a proper curio which I picked up after reading The Magus The story of a writer with amnesia talking and otherwise interacting with his muse, the bad reviews and relative obscurity of the book tempted me and I wasn t disappointed This is a bad novel, full of awful, seventies sexist crap plenty of waffle and beardy intellectual verbiage too but it s also hilariously, sometimes even seriously, fascinating For me it fitted right into a catagory of books which I love junk by famous authors which were published purely because of the writers reputations see The Tommyknockers by Stephen King for another great example If this was Fowles first attempt you can imagine the reaction of any reader, let alone editor, at any publishing house.On the plus side, it s short and easy to read Fowles is a good writer, too, in the sense that DH Lawrence is they could write a shopping list, as the saying goes, and it would be interesting The whole thing is as 70s as Gerald Ford, The Joy of Sex and Ford Capris and the sexual politics hilariously, wonderfully, gobsmackingly jarring Well worth a gander if you re even midly interested 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 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 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 Mantissa , is a meta fictional curiosity that makes for an interesting read 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 gi Mantissa , is a meta fictional curiosity that makes for an interesting read 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 John Fowles The Magus is my favourite book but for I did not find Mantissa an enjoyable book 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 As I said before, I m John Fowles The Magus is my favourite book but for I did not find Mantissa an enjoyable book 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 As I said before, I may have appreciated itif I had an overview of modernism and thus an appreciation of what he was ridiculing making an example of, but ultimatley the book became rather tedious and I was happy when it was finished.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.