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  • Series: The Paris Review Interviews (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 1st edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312363141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312363147
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Paris Review books should be given out at dinner parties, readings, riots, weddings, galas -- shindigs of every shape. And they're perfect for the classroom too, from high schools all the way to MFA programs. In fact, I run a whole semester-long creative writing class based on the interviews. How else would I get the world's greatest living writers, living and dead, to come into the classroom with their words of wisdom, folly and fury? These books are wonderful, provocative, indispensible."--Colum McCann, novelist and Hunter College professor

"The most remarkable and extensive interviewing project we possess."--Richard Eder, The New York Times
 
"A small treasure. The interviews are literary landmarks, and the gossip, humor, ideas, and practical advice dispensed are bracing."--San Francisco Chronicle
 
"Utterly absorbing . . . The interviews are all fascinating and often quite funny."--The Boston Globe

"Groundbreaking, eclectic, indispensable Q&As."--Elle


"As The Paris Review Interviews reveals, there is an art to the interview and a value to what it brings. . . . In the best interviews, the exchange of question and answer brings the authors to life."--The Wall Street Journal


"Fascinating interviews . . . [The subjects] discuss their writing and methods with detail and candidness found nowhere else. While lit fans will undoubtedly be satisfied, aspiring authors will glean tremendous insight from these masters of the craft."--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

 

"The unguarded moment . . . that's the holy grail for any interviewer trying to discover what makes a writer tick. The Paris Review has a long history of delivering such moments in the author interviews it has conducted over the past half century."--The Seattle Times

 

"A stimulating, funny, and provocative snapshot of five decades' worth of (mostly) American literary history . . . The resulting conversations are luminous and often revelatory."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

 

"Fascinating . . . This book will intrigue and delight any serious reader or writer. It may even inspire."--The Times Literary Supplement (London)

 

"Here is a canon of great minds. . . . A fascinating attempt at getting to the heart of how writers work."--Financial Times (London)

About the Author

The Paris Review has published early and important work by Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul, Jeffrey Eugenides, A. S. Byatt, T. C. Boyle, William T. Vollmann, and many other defining writers of the past half century. Some of the magazine’s exceptional stories, poems, and conversations have been collected by Picador in The Paris Review Book of People with Problems as well as The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators, and Waiting Rooms and The Paris Review Book of Heartbreak, Madness, Sex, Love, Betrayal, Outsiders, Intoxication, War, Whimsy, Horrors, God, Death, Dinner, Baseball, Travels, the Art of Writing, and Everything Else in the World Since 1953.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judge J Drhedd on June 8, 2009
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The best way to enjoy this book is to not read it straight out. It's best to use it as a break from a novel perhaps (I used this as a respite from reading the very long Buffett biography), or treat it as a book you go back to from time to time, a couple of days gap. If you read any three interviews in succession, you will feel bored and numbed by guidance and 'quotable quotes' about writing, and probably fail to appreciate the nuanced points about the writer's craft being discussed.

That being said, the best piece is still the one with Faulkner, then Garcia Marquez, then Bloom. The pieces on Thurber and King are also great reads

If youre deciding between vol. 1 and vol 2. Volume 1 is a better choice, by a few points. (I havent read Part III yet). Why? For one the amazing interview with Borges is there. And then the variety on the discussion regarding the "Art of Editing" (with Gottlieb and the superb writers he had edited works of), the poetry/poverty/adventure of Cain, annoyed tips of Hemingway, etcetera are all priceless.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pierre-henri Puech on January 3, 2008
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5 stars for that incredible initiative of showing the way writers are writing, and behind this, thinking the stories, the personnages...
i have to say, that is a source of inspiration and of understanding of your own style/way of writing
something to really have on your shelves !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip Vassallo on July 24, 2011
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Another 16 interviews of renowned novelists, dramatists, essayists, and poets, including four Nobel laureates. The interview of Faulkner is timeless.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By erica2 on July 7, 2009
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This is a fine collection, but if it is Isaac Bashevis Singer you are interested in, you'll do much better to get the book I've linked to below. The best is to read both the PR interview plus the Burgin book but the Burgin book is, of course, more in-depth and contains a wealth of info for writers as well as readers.

CONVERSATIONS WITH ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER

Conversations With Isaac Bashevis Singer
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