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Of them will be hanged one will vanish and the others will face a murder trial Out of the truths and lies that envelop these events John Fowles has created a novel that is at on The Maggot is a hypnotic novel which as you sink into it becomes and sibylline But whatever there are some books that we like not to understand saying that there must be something in there significant than yourself like the repressed unconsciousNicholas d Urf a young Oxford graduate a womanizer has a little existential crisis and embarks on a teaching position on the Greek island of Paxos There he meets a certain Conchis a mixture between a somewhat barred Aristotle Onassis and a manipulative RaelAnd this is where the trouble will start for the young professor He will become the creature of Conchis alias the Maggot who will make him see all the colours organization of not simple sexual meetings black masses etc And then also there is this story of very disturbing twin sisters Good luck A uniue reading experience

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A Maggot

In the spring offour men and one woman all traveling under assumed names are crossing the Devonshire countryside en route to a mysterious rendezvous Before their journey ends one Dazzling Stunning The best I ve read of himOn second reading the novel holds up remarkably well It seems at first a study in the perpetuation of literary suspense The book jumps between third person narration a kind of mock legal deposition which permits multiple narrative voices essayistic asides and epistolary elements The third person voice often refers to the gap between events at the time of the story the 1730s and our present day For example Closergroups of children noisily played lamp loo and tutball those primitive forms of tag and baseball Modern lovers of the second game would have been shocked to see that here it was preponderantly played by girls and perhaps to know that its traditional prize for the most skilled was not the million dollar contract but a mere tansy pudding The novel begins with a tableau of five individuals four of them male of varying ages who make a journey to the west of England on horseback There is an uncle his nephew and three servants one female We come across them as they travel a muddy road to a bleak village It is there at the musty inn and later in a nearby cave that much of the action occurs action that will later be dissected by way of a series of legal depositions run by the dwarfish and hateful London lawyer Henry Ayscough We learn a few things during the interrogations that nephew and uncle are in fact unrelated that the nephew is the true leader of the excursion that the uncle is an actor by profession that the maid is a prostitute that one of the servants is deaf and dumb and so forth Only the nephew who is not a nephew knows the true purpose of the trip which for most of the book remains a mystery We also know that the nephew believes he has hit on a mathematical device or formula that once fully developed will allow him to foretell the future That is to say he s crazy as a loon Still what can it mean Why the trip Why the subseuent investigation And where has everyone gone Slowly one by one at the behest of the nephew s aristocratic father the lawyer tracks down all of the participants save one And in a uestion and answer format that allows no room for description or authorial commentary he painstakingly gets a story But is it the story That s a very good uestion and in large part the novel s point uestioning narrative constructs as it does It is the prostitute s deposition that for this reader was the most engrossing For since her excursion to the cave she has given up whoring and has returned to the uaker community of her parents in Manchester fully forgiven What she experienced during that journey she interprets perhaps the only way she knows how as an ecstatic Christian experience She has been vouchsafed a vision of heaven and hell Christianity is the only tool she has for interpreting such a fantastic experience And there s no doubt that she thinks her story is truth Lawyer Ayscough can not shake her from it Nor can he believe it And in the end is shaken himself Like her he is limited by virtue of his place in time to viewing it as nothing than religious hysteria The 21st century reader however sees what has happened in the cave as something uite different I ll stop there Like Fowles French Lieutenant s Woman the narrative toys with metafictional devices but never to the point where they distract Oh yes you ll have to read this one

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Ce a tale of erotic obsession an exploration of the conflict between reason and superstition an astonishing act of literary legerdemain and the story of the birth of a new faith Uffff You know how you re reading a book and you really like it and it s beautifully written and the plot is interesting but believable and easy to follow and then halfway through the book there s a UFO abduction and you re like what the hell this is 18th century england no UFOs in 18th century england but you keep reading because you assume you had a stroke and imagined the UFO scene but the UFO scene doesn t go away and then in the end the UFO abduction was really Jesus yeah it s like that


10 thoughts on “A Maggot

  1. says:

    i tried reading this when i was 15 i think around the time it first came out perhaps i was too ambitious because the novel was too much for me and i gave up i suppose i just didn't get it but i can be competitive even with books even with myself so i promised young mark monday that the battle wasn't over that i'd return

  2. says:

    Dazzling Stunning The best I've read of himOn second reading the novel holds up remarkably well It seems at first a study in the perpetuation of literary suspense The book jumps between third person narration; a kind of mock legal deposition

  3. says:

    A Maggot is an interesting novel It can be approached as an historical mystery a meta fictional experiment of mixed narrative form and genre and a meditation on the injustices inherent in the 18th century social political and religious mindset The story proper details a mysterious journey undertaken by five individuals across the English land

  4. says:

    Apparently A Maggot was the result of two dicisive factors The one was the clear yet uninvited image that once popped into Fowles' mind of a group of people travelling on horseback in the middle of nowhere as he informs us in the prologue The

  5. says:

    The Maggot is a hypnotic novel which as you sink into it becomes and sibylline But whatever there are some books that we like not to understand saying that there must be something in there significant than yourself like the repressed unconsciousNicholas d'Urfé a young Oxford graduate a womanizer has a little existential crisis and embarks on a teaching position on the Greek island of Paxos There he meets a certain Conchis a mixt

  6. says:

    I wrote this review a few years ago I just moved to a new apartment and while I rearranged my books in the perfect order I came across my copy of A Maggot and remembered this so I shall copy and pasteJOHN FOWLES A MAGGOTMy previous experience

  7. says:

    Uffff You know how you're reading a book and you really like it and it's beautifully written and the plot is interesting but believable and easy to follow and then halfway through the book there's a UFO abduction and you're like what the hell this is 18th century england no UFOs in 18th century england but you k

  8. says:

    The make believe history is a well known trick of the postmodernist literature Here we have a celebrated criminal in Margaret Atwood’s “Alias Grace” a famous gangster in Mircea Mihaes’ “Woman in Red” a brought to life port

  9. says:

    A shaggy dog story John Fowles' prologue tells us the book began with an image of travellers on horseback For years thoug

  10. says:

    I found this book to be very strange At the end of the book there is an author's note wherein Fowles describes what he was trying to accomplish when writing the novel Instead of the note providing an illuminatin

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