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Reading Like a Writer

A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

By Francine Prose

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| Hardcover | 9780060777043

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Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose. In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side Continue

Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose. In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers - Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov - and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's 'Middlemarch'. She looks to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart.

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    A parte un paio di frecciate più o meno gratuite a sf e fantasy, è una lettura interessante.

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    Cisco said on Apr 7, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    "Every word that appears on it now was not always there, but instead reflects the final result of countless large and small deliberations. All the elements of good writing depend on the writer's skill in choosing one word instead of another". (page 1 ...(continue)

    "Every word that appears on it now was not always there, but instead reflects the final result of countless large and small deliberations. All the elements of good writing depend on the writer's skill in choosing one word instead of another". (page 16)

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    Lucadf said on Feb 2, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    Per leggere meglio e con più gusto

    Presentato come una "guida per chi ama i libri e per coloro che vogliono scriverne", questo è anche un ottimo libro per imparare a leggere, ossia per trarre più gusto da una lettura - e, ancor più, da una rilettura - articolando il proprio giudizio a ...(continue)

    Presentato come una "guida per chi ama i libri e per coloro che vogliono scriverne", questo è anche un ottimo libro per imparare a leggere, ossia per trarre più gusto da una lettura - e, ancor più, da una rilettura - articolando il proprio giudizio al di là di quelli che possono sintetizzarsi nel semplice "mi è piaciuto", "non mi è piaciuto". L'ho classificato come "finito", ma in realtà è un libro da consultare diverse volte, tanto più che è ben articolato e si presta ad essere riletto per capitoli e temi diversi.

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    Carlo Turco said on Feb 3, 2008 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Hardcover 273 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0060777044
  • ISBN-13: 9780060777043
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publish date: 2006-06-01
  • Dimensions: 161 mm x 961 mm x 1,360 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , Softcover , Others , eBook
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