How Fiction Works (Paperback)
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Short Description for How Fiction Works Wood takes aim at E.M. Forster's longtime standard-bearer "Aspects of the Novel," in this eminently readable and thought-provoking treatise on the ways, whys, and hows of writing and reading fiction.
- Published: 21 July 2009
- Format: Paperback 265 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780312428471 ISBN 10: 0312428472
- Sales rank: 38,218
Full description for How Fiction Works
In the tradition of E. M. Forster's "Aspects of the Novel" and Milan Kundera's "The Art of the Novel," "How Fiction Works" is a scintillating study of the magic of fiction--an analysis of its main elements and a celebration of its lasting power. Here one of the most prominent and stylish critics of our time looks into the machinery of storytelling to ask some fundamental questions: What do we mean when we say we "know" a fictional character? What constitutes a telling detail? When is a metaphor successful? Is Realism realistic? Why do some literary conventions become dated while others stay fresh? James Wood ranges widely, from Homer to "Make Way for Ducklings," from the Bible to John le Carre, and his book is both a study of the techniques of fiction-making and an alternative history of the novel. Playful and profound, "How Fiction Works" will be enlightening to writers, readers, and anyone else interested in what happens on the page.