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Description - Wormholes by John Fowles

Here, for the first time, is a riveting collection of Fowles's fugitive and intensely personal writings composed sinced 1963, ranging from essays and literary criticism to commentaries, autobiographical statements, memoirs and musings. Wormholes is a delicious sampling of the various matters that have plagued, preoccupied, or delighted Fowles throughout his life; it is a rich mine of essays as art and a 'geography' of the mind of one of the twentieth century's greatest novelists.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099272724
ISBN-10: 0099272725
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 29mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Reviews - Wormholes by John Fowles

UK Kirkus Review » The next best thing to a new novel from the master, this is a collection of Fowles's occasional writing dating from 1963, when his first novel, The Collector, was published, up to a rare in-depth interview in 1995. His interests and passions are many and varied, revealing his lifelong commitment to left-wing politics and his active involvement in conservation and green issues. 'Behind the Magus' explores his love of Greece; there is a long and fascinating saga entitled 'The Filming of The French Lieutenant's Woman'; and his famous essay 'On Being English But Not British'. 'The Nature of Nature', written in 1995 as Fowles approached the age of 70 after two years of illness, is an enthralling reassessment of his views of the relationship between nature, science and literature. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » The celebrated English novelist gathers his essays of four decades in one volume. Best known for his novels, which include classic works such as The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman, Fowles now offers a collection of essays and "occasional pieces" written between 1963 and 1997. The book comprises 30 disparate pieces, divided into four categories: "Autobiographical," "Culture and Society," "Literature and Literary Criticism," and "Nature and the Nature of Nature." Fowles enthusiasts will be grateful for the book. The master's ruminations will deepen their understanding of his fictional world, perhaps especially the section on nature. However, those not already in thrall to Fowles's imagination are not likely to be persuaded or even attracted by this omnium-gatherum of odds and ends. Curiously, Fowles seems uneasy as an essayist. It is, for example, a leitmotif of this volume for him to declare that he does not care what "the academics" think. He claims this so often that it becomes clear that "the academics"-whoever they may be-bother him a great deal and that he in fact does care what they think. This unnecessary combat with phantoms makes him appear defensive and unsure of himself. Consequently it undermines his reader's confidence in the surefootedness of his critical stance. He is at his best when completely unapologetic, as in comments of this sort: "Above all I loathe the drift (a kind of fascism of the majority) that would so homogenize, suburbanize, and 'democratize' life as to make it lose all it varieties and roughnesses - make it, like margarine, 'easy to spread.' "Take that to Starbucks and sip it. In the end, though shot through with veins of gold, this collection also contains its share of slag and dross. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - John Fowles

John Fowles was born in England in 1926 and educated at Bedford School and Oxford University. He won international recognition with his first published title, The Collector (1963). He was immediately acclaimed as an outstandingly innovative writer of exceptional imaginative power and this reputation was confirmed with the appearance of his subsequent works. John Fowles died in 2005.

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