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Wormholes: Essays and Occasional Writings

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John fowles's popularity and his place in the English literary canon have been assured for several decades. His novels The Magus and The French Lieutenant's Woman became instant classics upon publication. Here, with Wormholes, for the first time is a representative gathering of Fowles's fugitive and intensely personal nonfiction writings: essays, literary criticism, commen
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 15th 1999 by Owl Books: Henry Holt (first published May 15th 1998)
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Adrienne
Jul 13, 2010 Adrienne is currently reading it
John Fowles is amazing. The Magus is on my top ten list of favorite books of all time. I've loaned it to friends and been jealous of them knowing they were about to experience it for the first time. I was riveted when I read The Collector last summer, and I keep putting off reading The French Lieutenant's Woman, because I don't think I have yet reached the point in my life when I will appreciate it the most...if that makes sense! Anyway, I'm really excited about this collection of essays by Fowl ...more
GoldGato
Feb 05, 2012 GoldGato rated it it was ok
Shelves: literature, autumn, essays
This was actually my first introduction to Fowles, as I hadn't read any of his other work before I picked up this collection of essays. It's definitely interesting, as he can weave in historical anecdotes with views on other authors and fiction in general.

However, sometimes I think he just forgets to shut up. I know the Brits can talk us to death, but if I see that in actual prose, I prefer the mastery of a Dickens to make me believe. Again, very good essays, but sometimes they feel like some ed
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Corey
Apr 28, 2011 Corey rated it it was amazing
I adore Fowles. I hate that there are no more new Fowles novels.
Kathy Stone
Apr 21, 2013 Kathy Stone rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-the-library
I really enjoyed these essays included in this volume. While I have never read anything by Fowles before this particular collection I truly felt that it was okay reading this first. There is an essay in this collection where Fowles discusses the kind of books he collects from used book stores. He is not judgmental over what others buy, but discusses original Science Fiction and other obscure pieces. I felt I understood this as I often go to used book stores seeking classics that no other person ...more
Lysergius
Aug 06, 2011 Lysergius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
John Fowles has long been one of my favourite writers, a relationship not spoiled by having to "do" him at University.

This collection of essays was published in 1998 shortly before his death in 2005. He says that he hopes to publish his diaries and these were published in 2003 and 2006.

These essays appear to be the summation of a life, Fowles states that he is nearly 70, reviewing, cataloguing and taking stock. There is a humility in them that is rare among today's literati. Fowles viewpoint is
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AliceinWonderland
Apr 06, 2016 AliceinWonderland rated it really liked it
- I read only select essays from this book, but the ones I did were brilliant.
- As a writer myself, I thoroughly enjoyed them and felt as if he was penetrating my own creative brain, except he uses such sophistication of language & ideas that made it a pleasure to read.
- I find very few contemporary writers nowadays have this unique intersection & blend of thoughts, ideas, the nature of nature and the nature of creativity, the feminist element that communicates a writer's craft and proce
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umberto
Some 40 years ago I sometime saw one of John Fowles's novels, that is, "The French Lieutenant's Woman" in many good bookstores in Bangkok but then I didn't have any motive to read it. Today (June 3) I came across this memoir/essays and it's my delight to know he had used this title, "I Write Therefore I am" since 1964 when I was still a student in a secondary school (Year 12).

Therefore, again, I think this book should be interesting enough for me to read since he did echo such an inspiring title
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Will Kelly
Dec 15, 2016 Will Kelly rated it liked it
Wormholes is a book about John Fowles thought processes throughout his life that are apparent in his writing. The book is comprised of a series of essays and it is apparent the metamorphosis of ideologies and views he had throughout his writing career. At least for my situation; (being a high school student with an average vocabulary) had an extremely difficult time getting through this book. With the insurmountable vocabulary and the spectrum of topics glossed over, I would not recommend this b ...more
Riff
Sep 21, 2010 Riff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fowles fans, writers
Exquisite collection of essays, articles and other writings selected from the long and esteemed career of master author John Fowles. Intensely intelligent, revealing and insightful, a must for fans, students and scholars of fiction writing.
David
Jul 17, 2007 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What an appalling piece of dreck from an author capable of writing interesting material. Not here apparently. The literary equivalent of one of those horrible movies involving Rob Schneider.
Velvetink
Nov 29, 2013 Velvetink marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
29/11/2013 1 0f 20 books for $10 the lot
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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."

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