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By John Fowles | Comments: ( 290 ) | Date: ( Feb 20, 2020 )

Set internationally and spanning three decades, Daniel Martin is, among other things, an exploration of what it is to be English Daniel is a screenwriter working in Hollywood, who finds himself dissatisfied with his career and with the person he has become In a richly evoked narrative, Daniel travels home to reconcile with a dying friend, and also to visit his own forgotSet internationally and spanning three decades, Daniel Martin is, among other things, an exploration of what it is to be English Daniel is a screenwriter working in Hollywood, who finds himself dissatisfied with his career and with the person he has become In a richly evoked narrative, Daniel travels home to reconcile with a dying friend, and also to visit his own forgotten past in an attempt to discover himself.


  • Title: Daniel Martin
  • Author: John Fowles
  • ISBN: 9780099478348
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

John Fowles

John Robert Fowles was born in Leigh on Sea, a small town in Essex He recalled the English suburban culture of the 1930s as oppressively conformist and his family life as intensely conventional Of his childhood, Fowles said I have tried to escape ever since Fowles attended Bedford School, a large boarding school designed to prepare boys for university, from ages 13 to 18 After briefly attending the University of Edinburgh, Fowles began compulsory military service in 1945 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 1947 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 1950 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 1954 and 1963, teaching English at St Godric s College in London, where he ultimately served as the department head.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 1952 and 1960 he wrote several novels but offered none to a publisher, considering them all incomplete in some way and too lengthy.In late 1960 Fowles completed the first draft of The Collector in just four weeks He continued to revise it until the summer of 1962, when he submitted it to a publisher it appeared in the spring of 1963 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 1965, The Magus drafts of which Fowles had been working on for over a decade was published The most commercially successful of Fowles novels, The French Lieutenant s Woman, appeared in 1969 It resembles a Victorian novel in structure and detail, while pushing the traditional boundaries of narrative in a very modern manner In the 1970s Fowles worked on a variety of literary projects including a series of essays on nature and in 1973 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 1977, along with a revised version of The Magus These were followed by Mantissa 1982 , a fable about a novelist s struggle with his muse and A Maggot 1985 , an 18th century mystery which combines science fiction and history.In addition to The Aristos, Fowles wrote a variety of non fiction pieces including many essays, reviews, and forewords afterwords to other writers novels He also wrote the text for several photographic compilations.From 1968, Fowles lived in the small harbour town of Lyme Regis His interest in the town s local history resulted in his appointment as curator of the Lyme Regis Museum in 1979, a position he filled for a decade.Wormholes, a book of essays, was published in May 1998 The first comprehensive biography on Fowles, John Fowles A Life in Two Worlds, was published in 2004, and the first volume of his journals appeared the same year followed recently by volume two.John Fowles died on November 5, 2005 after a long illness.



Comments Daniel Martin

  • Virginia

    UPDATED: Dear folks who have noted or are considering noting the lack of capital letters in this review from 2007: I went through an "I'm not using capitals" phase. Because that phase was ten years ago, it is now over.Feel entirely free to consider me sufficiently chastened/pwned as to obviate the need for further comment about the issue on this (again) ten-year-old review. Please also feel free to not read the damn review if this deeply upsets you, because I. do. not. care. enough to go back an [...]


  • Max

    John Fowles is one of my favorite contemporary writers, and now--having read Daniel Martin--I almost regret not saving it for my last read of his. It was written nearer the middle of his career, but still manages to provide the most wonderful feeling of autobiographical summation, like an epic epilogue reflection on life lived. Being that the life in question is that of a narcissistic playwright turned jaded Hollywood screenwriter too much obsessed with the nostalgia of his youth and the yearnin [...]


  • Craig

    I had a graduate professor who challenged our group to find a contemporary literary novel with a truly believable 'happy ending.' Fowles' Daniel Martin does just that, but it takes over 600 pages to develop it -- and 'happy ending' doesn't mean a necessarily 'happy journey.' Fowles set out to show that sometimes in life, things do turn out well -- but it takes a lot of hard work, will, and luck. His experiements with changing tenses and point of view make for an interesting read. Adult reading, [...]


  • William

    This 700-page tome is a most unlikely suspense novel. Its two main characters, both overcerebral Oxbridge graduates in their mid-40s, are thoroughly disillusioned with society on both sides of the Atlantic. Jane, whose husband Anthony has just died of cancer, has previously been a Catholic but has lapsed and is now a Marxist, though more theoretical than active. Dan, who early on lapsed from writing plays to Hollywood scriptwriting, engages in seemingly continuous deep, complex introspection, su [...]


  • Stven

    This is in my opinion the best of John Fowles' novels (and Fowles must have thought so, too, since after Daniel Martin he never bothered to summon the strength to produce another major novel). It is truly a great novel. Fowles' prose, in the first place, is beautiful when he wants it to be, and he is determined to draw the reader in from the opening scene not only with sheer shimmering beauty but with a calculated grandeur, setting the pace for this vast book which tells the whole private epic o [...]


  • Andrew

    It took me a while to get into this one-- granted, my standards were high, with Fowles being an all-time favorite, and the difficulty of a book with unannounced polyphonic voices. But once I actually got the hang of Daniel Martin, I found it impossible to put down. Great stuff in here, aesthetics and globetrotting and ideology mixed with stories about really shit teenage romances and your lousy job, with just the right balance of self-deprecation and dignity, snark and heart. Still probably not [...]


  • Chrissie

    First: it really upsets me that when you search "Fowles" on , you get every Artemis Fowl book before a single one by John Fowles. On John's behalf, I take this personally.Second: I love John Fowles. He has an ability to make me feel that almost no other writer does. Like The Magus, some parts of this book were hard to read because the situations in it are so painful and real. People and their relationships are often crazy, confused, and troubled, and Fowles captures that better than anyone.


  • Laila

    Fowles'in içine girmekte en zorlandığım eserleri buydu. Fakat buradaki eksiklik Fowles'in eksikliği değil sanırım benim donanımsızlığım oldu. Birden çok zamanda ilerleyen kurguya odaklanmakta zorlandım. Dan'in şahsında yüzleşilen gerçekler ve Jane'in yaşamı farklı duygular hissettirip insanin kendine değişik açılardan bakmasını sağladı. Bunu bir ara değerlendirme kabul edip tekrar okuyana kadar nokta değil virgül diyeyim şimdilik. Özet: Hayatın farklı dönem [...]


  • Lara Messersmith-Glavin

    John Fowles has previously rocked my brain into twisted submission with such delights as The Magus and Mantissa. The things that man can do with a Greek island and sunlight are not to be trifled with.A dozen or so pages in, and I am not yet hooked. Curious, perhaps, piqued by an accent I cannot place and haunted with two images: that of a thick slice of ham resting on buttered bread, and the other a screaming rabbit with its legs shorn off by a thresher. 617 pages to go._________________________ [...]


  • John Smith

    I found this to be the most satisfying work of Fowles's that I've read (can't include The Collector yet). It has the ambiguous and shifting point-of-view, self-reference, and metafictional structure you'd expect. Some reviewers have called it "self-absorbed" and "navel-gazing;" I found it the most outward-looking of anything I've read of Fowles's, although there is much "self-disillusionment." But navel-gazing implies narcissism and even solipsism, which Fowles rejects ("A perfect world would ha [...]


  • Charles Bechtel

    Can't say what it is about this book, but I have read it more times than any other book except the Hobbit (13). I pick it up every 2-3 years and devour it. (I'm due!) The excellent transfer by the author of me to his locations, the well-formed characterizations, the variety of scene and time, all of these thrill me as I read. Just love it. My favorite Fowles, who is a favorite author, and probably my most favorite book. And I don't know why, precisely.


  • Kathy

    *Spoiler alert*There are some aspects of this book that are really good and very well written. But there is something fundamentally wrong (for me) when the slippery, dishonest (sometimes) narrator and chief protagonist never gets his comeuppance. Quite the contrary: all the women he has manipulated and cheated seem to forgive him! Mr Fowles seems to want to have his cake and eat it in a way that I find objectionable.Furthermore, the plot seems to peter out after a protracted period of meandering [...]


  • dead letter office

    After reading A Maggot and The Collector, I was operating under the conviction that John Fowles was incapable of a book unanchored in extreme oddity. Daniel Martin is fine, but its absolute disinterest in defying expectations was totally unexpected. This book is boring in a way I would have thought John Fowles couldn't pull off. He's woven some good short stuff into the very long story of a character who seems to exist only to expound a fundamentally boring personal philosphy. The bottom line is [...]


  • Dana

    Prin "Daniel Martin", John Fowles dă viaţă unei poveşti de iubire care transcende timpul, dar face și o analiză minuţioasă a individului englez postbelic preocupat de camuflarea adevăratelor intenţii pentru a acoperi înstrăinarea de sine într-o lume aflată în derivă. Mai mult, prin satirizarea elitei academice a Oxfordului, autorul face şi o paralelă între spaţiul american, preocupat de lucrurile materiale şi atingerea celebrităţii, şi spaţiul englezesc, preocupat de pă [...]


  • Under Milkwood

    Having revisited this difficult book after thirty years I ask myself the question _ when did John Fowles become Marcel Proust. Some of his paragraphs went on till the next day and some of his cerebral self-indulgent rants drove me to distraction. But ultimately, his examination of the human psyche through male/ female relationships was nothing short of brilliant. Despite the difficulties, I still love this book.


  • Erich

    I read this 3 decades ago during a week-long storm lashed to a cliff top off northern Vancouver Islande dialogue is so rich, the characters so real. There are so many great passages. Conveying the sense of place is one of Fowles' gifts. He was a naturalist in the true sense, a lover of nature. Skip the first chapter, however.


  • Mont

    The novel begins in 1942 as 15-year-old Danny Martin is helping with "The Harvest," title of the first chapter. He is terrified by a low-flying German bomber and repelled by the more localized violence against rabbits that have become trapped in the center of a field as the circles of the reaper grow nearer. The chapter ends with his retreat into a beech wood, "innocent, already in exile"The second chapter, "Games," takes place in the early 1970s, in Hollywood, when Daniel Martin is now a middle [...]


  • Lori Mcfarlane

    Since first reading this novel in a modern fiction class in college, Daniel Martin has retained its place as one of my top favorite books of all time.This book is no quick and easy read. The plot develops slowly yet steadily, like life. No details are omitted. Deep introspection of the narrator and thorough psychoanalysis of the supporting characters accompanies every small moment. Reading this book is like reading God's diary. How do I even begin to describe this novel?It is the most intelligen [...]


  • Montgomery Webster

    Story: 2 / 10Characters: 5Setting: 7Prose: 7"Tell me a story." That's my reading philosophy. I pick up a book, either because it was recommended or won an annual genre award, but I don't read the description. I simply trust the author to reveal the story to me. I've gone years without reading the back of the book. After this book, that era is over. Daniel Martin was the second book I've read by John Fowles. A work colleague recommended The Magus and I absolutely loved it. He then went on to reco [...]


  • Sherelyn Ernst

    I FINALLY finished this, but I'm not proud of it. I finished it because I didn't want to hurt the feelings of someone who thinks this is right up with Shakespeare and Tolstoi and whose opinion I respect. However, for me, the bottom line was chagrin that I plowed through 600 pages of middle-aged male British navel gazing. I understand that I am probably wrong in my assessment; some very famous literary people think very highly of it. I thought of giving it more stars to show that it is very erudi [...]


  • Jim

    An amazing, intense, dense, almost unreadable book. It took me three months to read it. It was by turns - self-indulgent, masterful and romantic. It has the otherplacedness that Fowles can deliver – better done in the Magus. The novel requires intense attention as Daniel sifts through his romantic life - Nell, Jamie and finally Jane - all beautiful, desirable and complicated. I disliked and loved the book at the same time - a remarkable feat.


  • Balkrishna Rao

    One of the best books of the twentieth century.I have read it umpteen times and neverfail to gain new insights into it.


  • Lainy

    This book was way too long. It was interesting, but I didn't have the patience to finish it.


  • C.G. Fewston

    Daniel Martin (1977) by John Fowles—as he says in an interview found at the back of his fifth book, what some might call a romance void of romance—relates to being mostly about his exploits in childhood and in America, and what Christopher Lehmann-Haupt describes in his New York Times review called “Un-Inventing the Novel” (dated September 13, 1977) as Mr. Fowles’s attempt to pointedly “uninvent the nihilistic novel of the absurd.”The 629-page cynical bildungsroman explores the sto [...]


  • Kai Teorn

    I think what we have here is a case of a writer who had made it to the very top and felt he could now relax and write a book entirely for himself, without much concern for being original or, basically, interesting. Just a brain dump, for the sheer pleasure of dumping it. (Nabokov's Ada is another example of such post-success voluminous incongruity.) Worse than self-indulgent, it is outright self-congratulatory: for all its intelligence, observation, stylistic polish, (at times) depth it's still, [...]


  • George

    Daniel Martin, an Englishman, is a famous movie script writer, in his 50s, divorced with one daughter in her early 20s. Set in the 1970s with flashbacks to his early 20s at Oxford, England. Daniel is currently living with Jenny, who is an actress and three years older than Daniel's daughter. He is in California when he receives a phone call requesting him to go to England to see Anthony, an old Oxford friend and husband to Daniel's wife's sister. Daniel was told Anthony was dying and requested t [...]


  • William

    John Fowles is one of the greatest of British writers and The French Lieutenant's Woman and The Magus are among my most favored books. I recognize that Daniel Martin is beautifully written but somehow I found it to be too long and too wordy about a topic that I have little interest in.


  • Philip

    Story wrapped in a travelogue.


  • Sergio

    Un romanzo che rinnova i fasti de "La donna del tenente francese"


  • KAPSC

    Philosophical on a country losing its global power position, relationships and families, theology. A good love story in the mix


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