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Daniel Martin Paperback – August 4, 1997
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But still, that opening line. "Whole sight, or all the rest is desolation." The phrasing of it grabbed my attention, still does. It sets the tone for the entire novel, even if you don't realize it at the time, suggesting that unless everything is seen with a clear eye, all at once, it will all fall into ruin. If we can't be critical or objective about our own lives, then our lives will at best be unfulfilled. Worse, we may not even realize it.
Fowles' novel follows the life of the title character, a Mr Daniel Martin. Scriptwriter, playwright, he's been spending his time writing screenplays and making a pretty good living at it when he gets news that one of his old Oxford friends is dying. He goes to visit and it opens him up to a life of reflection, connecting him to all the elements of his life that he had abandoned previously. He talks to his old friend Anthony, his daughter, his ex-wife and her sister, who married his friend. This becomes crucial, because even though the novel is too literary to say so, she's "the one that got away".
This isn't a novel where a lot happens. Episodic is probably being kind and it's the type of book where all the exterior action is generally window dressing to everything that is going inside the heads of the characters. Or in this case, Mr Martin.Read more ›
Fowles proves himself here a true genius, for both delving into the obscure depths of human existence as well as for his unique ability to describe what he finds there.
He rightfully deserves the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature that he has been nominated for.
The first thing that struck me in the early goings here was the contrast drawn between, as it has often been drolly put, two races separated by a common language. Daniel Martin as narrator puts it thus:
"Other races look at themselves in the mirror, and either live with the reflection or do something practical to improve it. We paint an ideal, or a dream self on the glass and then wallow in the discrepancy.Read more ›
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This is a book about middle-aged angst. The protagonist is Daniel Martin, and we catch up with him living in California. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shirley Schwartz
If you like philosophy, psychology, introspection on human relations, - in short the world of ideas - then you will find that this book towers among the giants of the 20th century. Read morePublished 12 months ago by D. Blakely
The adjective that comes back most often in Fowles' text is 'dry'. Words are dry, humour is dry, laughter is dry, smiles are dry, eyes are dry. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Elephantschild
Daniel Martin is tale told to a psychiatrist, full of angst and orchids, signifying nothing. Or at Least that's how it should have been. Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by ReasonableGoatPerson
I think the book is in good condition. Thus, it is OK. I love John Fowels and I think it is one of the his best booksPublished on May 16, 2014 by Varduhi Torosyan
I came to this book after reading Fowles' 'The Tree,' which I loved. I found 'Daniel Martin' fascinating and loved it. Read morePublished on May 2, 2014 by Marsha.L.S
This semi-autobiographical novel shows Fowles at his lucid, erudite engrossing best. Set in London and Hollywood, it tells the story of screen wrtiter and author-manquee Daniel... Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Steven Axelrod
Daniel Martin runs through life, jobs and women with clumsy fecklessness, shredding the lives of those around him. Read morePublished on May 22, 2011 by Choux Goûter