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A new trade paperback edition of "a masterpiece of symbolically charged realism....Fowles is the only writer in English who has the power, range, knowledge, and wisdom of a Tolstoy or James" (John Gardner, Saturday Review).

The eponymous hero of John Fowles's largest and richest novel is an English playwright turned Hollywood screenwriter who has begun to question his own values. Summoned home to England to visit an ailing friend, Daniel Martin finds himself back in the company ...

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Overview

A new trade paperback edition of "a masterpiece of symbolically charged realism....Fowles is the only writer in English who has the power, range, knowledge, and wisdom of a Tolstoy or James" (John Gardner, Saturday Review).

The eponymous hero of John Fowles's largest and richest novel is an English playwright turned Hollywood screenwriter who has begun to question his own values. Summoned home to England to visit an ailing friend, Daniel Martin finds himself back in the company of people who once knew him well, forced to confront his buried past, and propelled toward a journey of self-discovery through which he ultimately creates for himself a more satisfying existence. A brilliantly imagined novel infused with a profound understanding of human nature, Daniel Martin is John Fowles at the height of his literary powers.

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Editorial Reviews

Paul Gray
Absorbing, intellectually challenging….A startlingly provocative novel….Like Henry James before him, Fowles has created rarified creatures free enough to take on the toughest question that life offers: how to live?
Time
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
Daniel Martin is an old fashioned novel in the sense that one can enter and live in it….Mr. Fowles is up to something that is extremely important to him, and this alone is a source of considerable tension and excitement.
New York Times
John Gardner
A masterpiece of symbolically charged realism….Fowles is the only writer in English who has the power, range, knowledge, and wisdom of a Tolstoy or James.
Saturday Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451122100
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/1978
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Fowles (1926-2005) was educated at Oxford and subsequently lectured in English at universities in Greece and the UK. The success of his first novel, The Collector, published in 1963, allowed him to devote all his time to writing. His books include the internationally acclaimed and bestselling novels The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, and Daniel Martin. Fowles spent the last decades of his life on the southern coast of England in the small harbor town of Lyme Regis.

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Learn How to Live!

    Thoreau said somewhere (I think in "Life without Principle") that he couldn't understand why more literature isn't about how to live. This is THE book on that subject. A spectacular novel.

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