How Fiction Works Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0312428471
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“Deservedly famous for [his] intellectual dazzle, literary acuteness and moral seriousness . . . Wood writes like a dream.” —Daniel Mendelsohn, The New York Times Book Review

“It is not enough to have one Wood. What is needed is a thicket—a forest—of Woods . . . [He proves] that superior criticism not only unifies and interprets a literary culture but has the power to imagine it into being.” —Cynthia Ozick, Harper’s Magazine

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James Wood's commanding discussion of the inner workings of fiction writing is an informative reference intended for those already somewhat skilled at the craft. Dozens of excerpts from notable works of fiction are cited, and common mainstays of the novel-writing process are analyzed and debunked. This insightful and extremely thorough work is akin to a college lecture that proceeds at a relentless pace. James Adams's somewhat pedantic narration initially fails to reach out to the listener as an educator might. However, his delivery eventually warms up to a livelier, more engaging tone. Ultimately, his masterful grasp of the content makes for a keen accompaniment to the material. A.P.C. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B004S6VT84
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (July 22, 2008)
  • Publication date : July 22, 2008
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1336 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 293 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 237 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Close to perfection
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rocking journey through novel analysis in an entertaining way
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4.0 out of 5 stars I agreed with lots of points and disagreed with others but he includes good examples to back up his arguments
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5.0 out of 5 stars The house of fiction has many windows.
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