Search Results: "John Fowles"


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THE COLLECTOR by John Fowles
Released: July 24, 1963

"It's a splendid spellbinder."
Ge tells the story first- Ferdinand (ne Frederick) Clegg, the collector ("that's the great dead thing in him") of butterflies, and form Fritillaries and Clouded fellows he goes on to net his finest specimen, Miss Miranda Grey, a soft, lovely twenty year old. Read full book review >

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THE MAGUS by John Fowles
Released: Jan. 10, 1965

"There's not much of that around and certainly nothing like this."
In the symbolism of the Tarot cards, the magus is a magician as well as a mountebank. Read full book review >

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SHIPWRECK by John Fowles
Released: April 23, 1975

"A beautiful book."
A real curiosity: magnificent photographs of shipwrecks by the Gibsons, a family of photographers in the Scilly Isles off Cornwall — an infamous graveyard for ships right up to the Torrey Canyon. Read full book review >

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THE EBONY TOWER by John Fowles
Released: Nov. 8, 1974

"And as always he proceeds with splendid ease and confidence to catch the eye at a pleasurably decorative level and then turn it inward."
Maugham once said "The artist's egoism is outrageous; it must be; he is by nature a solipsist and the world exists only for him to exercise upon it his powers of creation." Read full book review >

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THE ARISTOS by John Fowles
Released: Nov. 10, 1964

"A crack which sums up his own voluminous tag-bag, biggest since The Outsider."
A philosophical sketchbook, whose are of darkness and light swings somewhere between the silly and the sublime, between the poseur primping before his intellectual mirror and the truly troubled spirit trying to look within. Read full book review >

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MANTISSA by John Fowles
Released: Sept. 15, 1982

"And, however richly executed, this remains an overextended intellectual vaudeville-sketch—alternately fascinating and tedious, with distinctly special, limited appeal."
Serious modern fiction has only one subject: the difficulty of writing serious modern fiction." Read full book review >

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A MAGGOT by John Fowles
Released: Sept. 5, 1985

"Once Fowles dusts the ideas off and puts them plain in his own voice, they seem unremarkable."
Fowles calls his new novel, which basically is homage to the philosophical underpinnings of Shakerism and to the moral narratives of Defoe, "a maggot": a 17th-century-style working-out of an obsessive theme. Read full book review >

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WORMHOLES by John Fowles
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 1998

"In the end, though shot through with veins of gold, this collection also contains its share of slag and dross."
The celebrated English novelist gathers his essays of four decades in one volume. Read full book review >

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CINDERELLA by John Fowles
Released: May 20, 1976

"A frippery."
There is no shortage of picture book Cinderellas, but we keep coming back to Marcia Brown. Read full book review >

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THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN by John Fowles
Released: Nov. 10, 1969

"Period parody or pastiche, it again reveals Fowles' manifest erudition as well as understanding of the unhallowed virtues of this opening dosed society."
Mr. Fowles has written a Victorian novel. Read full book review >

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DANIEL MARTIN by John Fowles
Released: Sept. 12, 1977

"The surprise is that he has chosen to burden his realest, smallest story with the unlikely job of explaining—and finding hope in—Twentieth-Century Life."
A writer and his women ("his past futures, his future pasts")—and an attempt to discover "what had gone wrong not only with Daniel Martin, but his generation, age, century. . . ." Read full book review >

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Released: May 5, 2005

"But Fowles is preeminently, of course, one of the most accomplished English novelists of the last half-century, and this glimpse into his education and work is a pleasure."
The master British novelist records, in shapely prose, the struggles involved in attaining his craft, as well as the usual coming-of-age worries. Read full book review >