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The Journals (Volume 1)

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In 1963 John Fowles won international recognition with his first published novel The Collector. But his roots as a serious writer can be traced back long before to the journal he began as a student at Oxford in the late 1940s and continued to keep faithfully over the next half century. Written with an unsparing honesty and forthrightness, it reveals the inner thoughts and ...more
Paperback, 704 pages
Published November 4th 2004 by Vintage Classics (first published 2003)
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Peter Morton
I'm a great admirer of Fowles and have read all his novels (though admit to giving up on 'A Maggot'), so I took up eagerly this first volume of his journals (effectively intermittent diary entries) which cover the portion of his life running up to the publication and immediate huge success of 'The Collector' and 'The Magus'. At the personal level the volume covers his Oxford years, his teaching years on a Greek island and in various schools in and around London, his first marriage, and his early ...more
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Jurnale de John Fowles – Un scriitor foarte sincer și introvertit

Întotdeauna mi-au plăcut mărturisirile scriitorilor despre stările prin care trec atunci când scriu, despre paginile nereușite, lipsa de inspirație, momentele de extaz, fobiile, viziunile lor – adică, despre miile de aspecte care definesc incredibila, continua lor trudă de a concepe o carte. Jurnale de John Fowles (1926-2005) – autorul romanelor “Magicianul“, “Iubita locotenentului francez“, “Colecționarul” (toate ecranizate) – est
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Bookblog.ro
Jun 05, 2014 Bookblog.ro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Universul trebuie documentat. Fiecare univers. În ciuda curgerii sau estompării, în ciuda eternității sau efemerității, în ciuda imensității sau nimicniciei Oricum ar fi, oricare-ar fi, merită povestit. Altfel durează exact cât îți poți ține respirația.

Poate „Jurnalele” lui Fowles nu vor intra în istorie. Dar fără îndoială sunt exerciții biologice și intelectuale fascinante. Autorul cunoscutului roman „Magicianul” (1965) realizează un mozaic autobiografic, un exemplu de „carpe diem” adunat și re
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Semnebune
Sep 23, 2014 Semnebune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Fowles este printre scriitorii care mă fascinează prin siguranţa pe care o simţi în stilul lor. Au fost câţiva ani în care scrisul lui m-a urmărit, ani pe care i-am numit „perioada Fowles”, cu toate că nu mi-au plăcut toate romanele lui. În perioada aceea s-a întâmplat să dau peste Jurnalele lui în engleză şi să le citesc, iar acum le-am recitit în română. La fel ca atunci, am rămas cu o senzaţie de nedumerire, cu impresia că au existat două persoane John Fowles, două fiinţe complet opuse… ...more
Girts Gailans
OK I have to confess to being a fan of John Fowles writing, so his journals become interesting. The more I read, the more I could see the autobiographical elements in his stories.

On the one hand, you have to respect his decision to publish these journals, warts and all, because he doesn't always come across as someone you might like to know. But then you remember how you behaved at university and in your early 20s ...

Why only 3* ? Because a lot of his references go so far over my head that it's
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Nancy
Aug 24, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fascinating insight into the mind of a compulsive observer of people, nature and a command of reading and writing that is breathtaking.
At one point in the journals he claims to have gone back and tried to write out the prig. I don't think he succeeded. He is very hard to like, but I got to the end full of admiration for his commitment to his art, and keen to read the second volume.
Jordan Cullen
A valuable insight into the early development of an intelligent, sensuous author, though for devotees only.
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John Robert Fowles was born in Leigh-on-Sea, a small town located about 40 miles from London in the county of Essex, England. He recalls the English suburban culture of the 1930s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional. Of his childhood, Fowles says "I have tried to escape ever since."

Fowles attended Bedford School, a large boarding school designed to prepare boys
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