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The Death of the Death of the Novel (One Writer's Big Innings: Literary Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Clark Young
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Book Description

In this hopeful, optimistic, and inspiring essay of 7,000 words, Robert Clark Young uses wit, incisiveness, and hundreds of years of literary history to prove the doomsayers wrong. No, literature is not dying, and the novel in particular is stronger than ever.

If you love reading novels, or if you love writing novels, or if you love a novelist, then you will be filled with joy when you read "The Death of the Death of the Novel."

"This is a terrific essay--sharp and funny and wonderfully well written, not to mention exactly on the money. This is the real thing." --Bret Lott, best-selling novelist, Oprah’s Book Club®

"Robert Clark Young’s essay, 'The Death of the Death of the Novel,' is required reading. . . . The sky is always falling. Literature is always on the brink of extinction. Someone’s always proclaiming, Zarathustra-like, the death of the novel. Young reduces this kind of cynicism to absurdity.” --J. Mark Bertrand, novelist, The Roland March Mystery series

"I love the historical perspective Robert Clark Young emphasizes in his 'The Death of the Death of the Novel.' I’ve read about the death of the novel in essays from Barth to Birkerts, but Young has a compelling argument: although people have been predicting the novel’s death for hundreds of years, somehow it keeps on flourishing. And it will continue to flourish, for reasons you will have to read yourself." --Rachel King, Good Reading Starts Here

“'The Death of the Death of the Novel,' by Robert Clark Young, sheds positive light on the health of the literary world, and is a comfort to read. The author argues that 'the Internet and iPods and DVDs are not responsible for turning book publishing into a money loser,' and that 'American literature is not only alive but immortal.'” --The Summerset Review

Robert Clark Young lives in San Diego, where he has been the primary caregiver for his parents since 2008, when both of them suffered serious strokes. All of his Kindle royalties go toward keeping his parents living in dignity and freedom in their own home. Thank you for downloading "The Death of the Death of the Novel."

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  • Print Length: 23 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070NB2XE
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money May 22, 2013
By Greg
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading about the author's attack through Wikipedia against other author's I decided to read through some cheap, used copies of his works. Poorly written and predictable. At least I didn't waste a lot of money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes we need a little historical perspective February 22, 2012
By sandyb
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Robert Clark Young, in his essay, 'The Death of the Death of the Novel', points out, quite brilliantly, why a peek into the past is an often neccessary dose of reality. He writes, "Like the death of the American Dream, the death of the novel must be announced by each new generation.", then proceeds to show us what a ridiculous concept this is, and always has been, and why, as writers, it should be completely ignored. Writers, it seems, are not much different today than they were in the days of F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Faulkner: full of self-doubt, anxious that they will never be published, and all too concerned that, if the novel is indeed dead, then what chance do they have of creating something worthwhile, something worth reading, something that will, hopefully, stand the test of time? Well, if the novel were indeed dead? Probably none at all.

Thankfully, writers are a stubborn bunch. Young points out several examples of authors who produced profoundly beautiful works of art despite the impending death of their chosen form, including Norman Mailer, who himself proclaimed that, in his opinion, anyone still writing novels in the 1950s was a fool. Mailer, of course, continued to write novels for decades, earning two Pulitzer prizes along the way.

The importance of this essay should not be underestimated, especially today, when the written word is (seemingly) under attack once again, as our ever-shortening attention spans are bombarded by stimuli from every direction. Young's essay should be required reading for any writer who is, even for a moment, swayed by the thought that what he or she is doing no longer matters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars finally! January 25, 2012
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Finally someone is willing to talk about the novel without claiming it's been murdered. Difficult since greats like Barth and Nabokov have termed it as so. In 7,000 words Robert Clark Young talks about the importance of the form not only from a historical view but also from the point of view of contemporary literature. It has become tiresome to hear technology blamed for literary atrocities and yet here we finally have a phoenix (re)-rising to (re) claim the importance and singularity of this form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Vaccination Against Sour Grapes in the Arts February 9, 2013
By Vootee1
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A great antidote for artists and writers who have been informed that their chosen art form is passe, out-dated, or commercially no longer viable. History based and insightful,Young makes the case that the novel is still very much alive. I know from being around for awhile that painters also are informed every ten years or so that "Painting Is Dead."This book is a good vaccination against a kind of creativity killing sludge emitted by "experts."
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My name is Robert Clark Young. My life changed with one phone call on July 30, 2008. My mother, 500 miles away, had suffered a stroke that permanently garbled her speech. I left my home, my relationship and my friends--"temporarily"--to help my father care for her.

Four months later, my dad, straining from these new burdens, but keeping silent about his cares, suffered a stroke even more devastating than my mom's. He was paralyzed on the right side.

I had no background whatsoever in eldercare or geriatrics. Like so many millions of Americans my age, I was thrust into a life of eldercare. And instead of caring for one infirm parent, I had two of them.

I didn't think I could do it. But today I'm astounded to admit that eldercare has become routine for me. I'm amazed at how much I have learned. And I know that if I can learn to become a family caregiver, anyone can.

I want to use my experience to help others. I have written a book, THE SURVIVOR: How to Deal With Your Aging Parents, While Enriching Your Own Life.

I have been doing this work for free in my parents' home for five years. I consider it the most important work I have ever done. These years have been the most exciting, gratifying, and transformative period of my life. I'm convinced that any person with a compassionate heart can become a successful caregiver.

According to AARP, 61% of family care providers are women, with the typical caregiver being a 46-year-old female who is caring for one or both parents. Of the 39% of caregivers who are men, a majority are husbands of senior women, rather than sons. This gender imbalance in eldercare is one of the things we need to work to change.

I'm unusual in being a male caregiver. One of the goals of this book is to help people understand that men can--and should--become nurturers.

But my greatest wish is that this book will become a vital lifeline to everyone who, overnight, must face what first appears to be the devastating challenge of eldercare--a challenge that opens the way to unexpected growth and fulfillment for the caregiver. There is nothing to fear in eldercare. There is only joy, growth, and love.


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