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Daniel Martin (1978)

av John Fowles

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1,056614,866 (3.54)61
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.… (mer)
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This is a book about middle-aged angst. The protagonist is Daniel Martin, and we catch up with him living in California. He's in his forties, and living with a twenty-something actress. Both are from the UK and trying to make their way in Hollywood, Daniel as a screenwriter and Jenny as an actress. John Fowles is an excellent and very literate author. His character descriptions, and his descriptions of the feelings and emotions that Daniel faces in his mid-life crisis are breathtaking. The book is set internationally - as it starts in California, moves to England, and then to Cairo and Syria and it spans three decades of Daniel's life. Daniel realizes that he has to go back home to the UK to face his past in order to put his present into perspective. An old, unaddressed rift among Daniel and a couple of his friends kicks off his discovery of himself. We follow Daniel on his journey to self-discovery and we are there with all of his innermost feelings as he comes to terms with the past, deals with the present difficulties, and plans for a very uncertain future. The book is also an enduring love story that survives decades and distances. This is a big, sprawling tome of a book, that is riveting in its simplicity. Highly recommended. ( )
1 rösta Romonko | Jun 14, 2016 |
I wish I had skipped it. The torture that is every relationship (and then some). ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I remember reading somewhere that this was John Fowles' difficult book. Having found most of his books rather tricky, that would explain why i've waited a long time before getting round to this one. Is it difficult? Perhaps. It plays with different timescales, narratives and perspectives. It deals with the inner worlds of some very privileged characters in a small anglo elite. It treats with philosophy, politics, social class and religion and it makes a very long journey out of what might be seen externally as a small event. But as an insight into its time and place - the over indulged immediate post war generation, transitioning from tradition to a very unsure new world, it is exceptionally thoughtful and creative. And as a book about the difficulties of love it is never less than intriguing, if self indulgent and over analytical. It's worth savouring and questioning..
  otterley | Dec 1, 2013 |
I have read just about all of Fowles' books, and this one is the best. The story grabs your interest from the beginning and holds it to the end. The author is a superior storyteller, and although his intellect is always on display, this book doesn't demand nearly as much of the reader as some of his others, such as the Magus. ( )
  datrappert | Nov 21, 2013 |
1955 Daniel Martin, by John Fowles (read 10 Nov 1985) This tells of a screen-writer's life, and his relationship with Jane. They are at Oxford together, he marries her sister Nell, she marries Anthony. The novel has lots of meat to it, much soul-searching, much conversation about serious subjects. It also has very jarring and obnoxious and totally unnecessary four-letter words, and of course far too much explicitness in physical matters. The title "hero" (not to me: how nice it'd be to have a fictional hero in a recent novel who obeyed the Sixth Commandment!) and Jane do end up together at the end after a trip to Egypt and Syria. Fowles is a superlative craftsman--I wonder if there is anyone better writing in English today. Of course, he is very intellectual and one feels a clod over his super-subtle probings of human relationships. There were times when I was really caught up by this intricate account of people I could not admire, even though philosophically I deplored everybody in the story. (The one loyal Catholic commits suicide holding a crucifix! But of course Fowles is an atheist, and one cannot expect him to do other than seek to proclaim his lack of Faith.) I was very impressed by much in this book. ( )
1 rösta Schmerguls | Aug 19, 2008 |
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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 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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