But now I`ve finally done it - I`ve read "Daniel Martin". Although I`m not so sure whether it was worth it or not. Basically this is a love rectangle - between Daniel Martin, his best friend Anthony, Daniel`s wife Nell and her sister and Anthony`s wife at the same time - Jennny. This isn`t a novel about sex, for sure (here Fowles doesn`t try any of the gross stuff from "Mantissa") but it`s just somewhat too soap opera-like for a reader like me. I know that this is high art and not some crap about Don Hernando and his beautiful maid but it`s still mostly just a love story. And it`s a love story that goes on for 700 pages - now that is depressing. I don`t know why but it seems to be the case that few writers manage to retain a very high quality of their work for a long time - and Fowles is a prime example for a brilliant writer to go wrong. After all "Mantissa" was the next novel he wrote after "Daniel Martin". Maybe this book isn`t as bad as I say but it`s still a less inspiring version of the same stuff that Iris Murdoch wrote in her "A Severed Head". I guess, next time when I go to London I`ll get me fish and chips and not a book.