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The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story Paperback – January 5, 2016
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"A close look at writers' crucial choices. The latest contributor to The Art of series, novelist and Guggenheim Fellow Castellani offers an attentive reading of works by E.M. Forster, Lorrie Moore, Zoe Heller, Grace Paley, and Tayeb Salih, among others, to illuminate "the how and why" of narration...A modest, gracefully written meditation on creativity and craft." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Castellani's lucid exploration into the mechanics ofnarrative means The Art of Perspective is a pleasure to read foranyone curious why the stories we love move us the way they do; why so often itis not the sequence of events or some happening of the plot that compels us toturn the page, but a voice--be it forthright or deceptive--at the heart of thestory...While the series may be of most interest to writers, Castellanidiscusses fiction in such an accessible and engaging manner that the bookshould prove compelling to anyone who is curious about why some of theirfavorite novels work the way they do." -Zyzzyva
"A master class -- in 140 pages -- on how various narrative strategies make novels tick." - The Boston Globe
"A little gem of a book filled with wit and wisdom." - Catherine Ramsdell, Popmatters
Remarkably perceptive and gracefully written. . . . Anyone with an interest in how good stories are constructed will find this book both enjoyable and useful. "Shelf Awareness," starred review
Great for diving deeply into a single aspect of writing that can be applied to any number of goals, including fiction and non-fiction writing. . . . A handy reference guide. "Brooklyn Rail"
Reading this little book was a pleasure . . . funny, full of stories, and [Castellani s] insights are profound. Caroline Leavittville
"The Art of Perspective" is a wonderful book, full of good advice and smart close reading. Peter Turchi"
About the Author
Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels, including All This Talk of Love. He is the artistic director of GrubStreet and teaches in the MFA program at Warren Wilson College. He was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction.
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I think this is a nice step up from books that seem to cover writing techniques in basically the same way. Castellani's explanations go deeper into the close relationship between a story and who's telling the story. And if you really take your time with this book and think thoughtfully over its examples, it should illuminate your own best approach to telling your story.