Daniel Martin (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 4 Nov 2004
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"A work of imaginative energy and passionate honesty" (The Times)
"An instant masterpiece-It is a tour de force of stamina and subtlety" (Daily Telegraph)
"A descriptive writer of great power" (Independent)
"I find it disastrous to read any of John Fowles' books - once I pick one up, I cannot put it down so everything else gets ignored!" (Judi Dench Daily Express)
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This is a highly philosophical novel, in which much of the action derives from a 'gratuitous act', as the author puts in in a section heading, committed by the sister of Daniel's first wife in Oxford many years before the start of the main action, but which now many years later precipitates the return to England of Daniel from Hollywood to take stock of his past…and which follows its own inexorable logic as the novel unfolds.
I enjoyed this rather less that all the other Fowles novels and short stories, perhaps because I've come to it last, but perhaps because it simply doesn't quite have the edge-of-the-seat plotting and story-line and is not quite so psychologically gripping as his earlier work. The dilemmas of the characters here are very much of their time and place - though midlife crises no doubt will continue to plague humanity…There is still much here that is memorable, however, and Fowles' world-view continues both to attract and to challenge the reader - at least this reader.
I am not sure I would have been ready for this book until now. Perhaps, like much else in life, one has to be ready to listen before one can hear and understand.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
It's quite a 'deep' novel, and its main character explores his motivation and feelings as he renews a relationship that harks back to their student days some 20 years earlier. In attempting to resolve the residual problems created by that early relationship, he comes to recognize his own dilemma and has to make some difficult choices.
Daniel Martin is a very complex character and no hero figure - he has much to regret in the way he has lived his life, but it is described 'warts and all' and, in the end, one comes to realize that it has a ring of truth: few of us are perfect and not all of us can admit to our faults in quite such an articulate manner!
Beautifully written and with Fowles's ability to describe places that makes you see the settings as clearly as any film can show, this is a book to savour, and I strongly recommend it.
I bought the e-book version to supplement my 'library' despite owning the book, and I've enjoyed reading it again (for at least the eighth time!). My only criticism of the e-book version is that it seems to have quite a lot of typos - something that seems rather odd and I can't think why they are there?
Very clever and absorbing - a must read for all fans of this truly great novelist.
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I'm a big fan of John Fowles - I love the way he relates each subjects thoughts and their analysis of each thought and actions. Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2013 by Freeda27
I read all John Fowles's other work many years ago but never got round to this one. I have just re-read the rest and finished by reading this. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2013 by PT
Never found a book by John Fowles yet that wasn't fantastic, highly recommend this one. So easy to buy for Kindle.Published on 19 Jan. 2013 by Judith M Martin
I found this book to be far to detailed on the emotions of the characters. I know the author is well respected but I think an understanding edit would make a more readable novel.Published on 2 Oct. 2011 by Jim Seaside