by John Fowles


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In Mantissa (1982), a novelist awakes in the hospital with amnesia — and comes to believe that a beautiful female doctor is, in fact, his muse.

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ISBN-13: 9780316290272
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/04/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About 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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Mantissa 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ohhh, John. I knew you had self-deprecating, but I didn't know you had self-parody. (Like, in the good way). AND this is brilliant, and whimsical and doesnt try to be the last word on anything like even a little bit. It's even kinda hot. And it reminded me that great reading is essential, after the writing department book list knocked me into find-the-good-in-mediocrity land. Life is too short, ladies and gents.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a stormy relationship between a man and his muse, unfortunately for the reader the main theme ends up being a self-absorbed battle of the sexes. A noble theme this might be, I wish I had the time back that I spent reading it. While the arguments between the two main characters may have been cutting edge back in 1982, most of the arguments seem outdated by todays standards of sexual freedom.