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A Maggot

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In his prologue, John Fowles tells us that A Maggot began as a vision he had of five travellers riding with mysterious purpose through remote countryside. This image gives way to another - a hanging corpse with violets stuffed in its mouth - which leads us into a maze of beguiling paths and wrong turnings, disappearances and revelations, unaccountable motives and cryptic deeds, as this compelling mystery swerves towards a starling vision at its centre.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 34mm | 322.06g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099480417
  • 9780099480419
  • 203,151

About John Fowles

John Fowles won international recognition with The Collector, his first published title, in 1963. He was immediately acclaimed as an outstandingly innovative writer of exceptional imaginative power. This reputation was confirmed with the appearance of his subsequent works including The Aristos, The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Ebony Tower, Daniel Martin, Mantissa and A Maggot. John Fowles died in 2005.show more

Review quote

"A remarkable and brilliant work of fiction...the imaginative power of the novel is astounding, the technical virtuosity and structural daring equally so" * The Times * "This altogether admirable novel serves, as all literature should, the forces of subversion. It is a worthy companion to The French Lieutenant's Woman, which does the same thing, but bolder in its experimentation and hence more notable as an artistic achievement" -- Anthony Burgess * Observer * "Compelling and passionate fiction... Fowles's darting imagination skims across the landscape of two and a half centuries" * Times Literary Supplement * "Brilliant and compelling...he deploys his usual seductive narrative gifts to great effect" * Guardian *show more

Back cover copy

'The imaginative power of the novel is astounding, the technical virtuosity and structural daring equally so' The Times In his prologue, John Fowles tells us that A Maggot began as a vision he had of five travellers riding with mysterious purpose through remote countryside. This image gives way to another - a hanging corpse with violets stuffed in its mouth - which leads us into a maze of beguiling paths and wrong turnings, disappearances and revelations, unaccountable motives and cryptic deeds, as this compelling mystery swerves towards a starling vision at its centre. See also: The Magusshow more

Review Text

"This altogether admirable novel serves, as all literature should, the forces of subversion. It is a worthy companion to The French Lieutenant's Woman, which does the same thing, but bolder in its experimentation and hence more notable as an artistic achievement"show more

Rating details

2,319 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 19% (431)
4 36% (826)
3 32% (734)
2 11% (248)
1 3% (80)
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