By John Fowles
The eponymous hero of John Fowles's greatest and richest novel is an English playwright became Hollywood screenwriter who has began to query his personal values. Summoned domestic to England to go to an sick pal, Daniel Martin reveals himself again within the corporation of people that as soon as knew him good, pressured to confront his buried earlier, and propelled towards a trip of self-discovery wherein he finally creates for himself a extra enjoyable life. A brilliantly imagined novel infused with a profound figuring out of human nature, Daniel Martin is John Fowles on the top of his literary powers.
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