It fits no neat category; it is at once a pyrotechnical extravaganza, a wild, hilarious charade, a dynamo of suspense and horror, a profoundly serious probing into the nature of moral consciousness, a dizzying, electrifying chase through the labyrinth of the soul, an allegorical romance, a sophisticated account of modern love, a ghost story that will send shivers racing down the spine. Lush, compulsive, richly ""The Magus" is a stunner, magnificent in ambition, supple and gorgeous in execution. Lush, compulsive, richly inventive, eerie, provocative, impossibly theatrical--it is, in spite of itself, convincing. Let me tell you folks, this was one powerful literary experience - not only did I read the book but I also listened to the outstanding audio version, read by Nicholas Boulton.
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He recalled the English suburban culture of the s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional. Of his childhood, Fowles said "I have tried to escape ever since. After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in with training at Dartmoor, where he spent the next two years.
World War II ended shortly after his training began so Fowles never came near combat, and by he had decided that the military life was not for him. Fowles then spent four years at Oxford, where he discovered the writings of the French existentialists. In particular he admired Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre, whose writings corresponded with his own ideas about conformity and the will of the individual. He received a degree in French in and began to consider a career as a writer. Several teaching jobs followed: a year lecturing in English literature at the University of Poitiers, France; two years teaching English at Anargyrios College on the Greek island of Spetsai; and finally, between and , teaching English at St.
The time spent in Greece was of great importance to Fowles. During his tenure on the island he began to write poetry and to overcome a long-time repression about writing. Between and he wrote several novels but offered none to a publisher, considering them all incomplete in some way and too lengthy. In late Fowles completed the first draft of The Collector in just four weeks.
He continued to revise it until the summer of , when he submitted it to a publisher; it appeared in the spring of and was an immediate best-seller.
The critical acclaim and commercial success of the book allowed Fowles to devote all of his time to writing. The Aristos, a collection of philosophical thoughts and musings on art, human nature and other subjects, appeared the following year. Then in , The Magus - drafts of which Fowles had been working on for over a decade - was published. It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner.
In the s Fowles worked on a variety of literary projects--including a series of essays on nature--and in he published a collection of poetry, Poems. Daniel Martin, a long and somewhat autobiographical novel spanning over 40 years in the life of a screenwriter, appeared in , along with a revised version of The Magus.
He also wrote the text for several photographic compilations. From , Fowles lived in the small harbour town of Lyme Regis. Wormholes, a book of essays, was published in May The first comprehensive biography on Fowles, John Fowles: A Life in Two Worlds, was published in , and the first volume of his journals appeared the same year followed recently by volume two. John Fowles passed away on November 5, after a long illness.
He started writing it in the s, under the original title of The Godgame. He based it partly on his experiences on the Greek island of Spetses , where he taught English for two years at the Anargyrios School. Despite gaining critical and commercial success, he continued to rework it, publishing a final revision in Plot summary[ edit ] The story reflects the perspective of Nicholas Urfe, a young Oxford graduate and aspiring poet.
At the age of 26, after receiving legal training, Robert enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company and spent three years in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. During , the year Robert was demobilised, his father Reginald died. Robert became responsible for five young half-siblings as well as the children of his brother. Although he had hoped to practise law, the obligation of raising an extended family forced him into the family trade of tobacco importing. Gladys Richards belonged to an Essex family also originally from London.
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