Author John Fowles, best known for his Victorian romance story The French Lieutenant’s Woman, died Saturday at age 79. He had been unwell for several years following a stroke and lived in near seclusion in his home in Dorset.
I read The French Lieutenant’s Woman years ago and I thought it was okay, but I was really thrown for a loop by his cult classic, The Magus. That book messed with my head, and at the time I was not particularly fond of it. Quite a tale of psychological manipulation and all sorts of unpleasantness. Looking back though, I think it was one of the better books I read that year. After all, not everything needs to be spoon fed pablum, some books are meant to be challenging. So farewell John Fowles, I enjoyed your work.