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5.0 out of 5 stars A favourite book, 19 Feb. 2011
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This review is from: Daniel Martin (Vintage Classics) (Kindle Edition)
This is one of my favourite books - John Fowles's brilliant novel that explores the life of the narrator, often in flashback and with settings that include Los Angeles, London, Oxford, the South West of England, Egypt and Syria. Daniel Martin is a successful screenwriter, but after a split with his wife, he lives a footloose life interspersed with affaires that brings him to the point where the story starts - a reunion with the close friends of his days at Oxford. What follows is a brilliant compilation of events flashing forward and back in time and describing the development of a 'lost' relationship that is the meat of the story.
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?
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