By Francine Prose
Long prior to there have been creative-writing workshops and levels, how did aspiring writers discover ways to write? by means of interpreting the paintings in their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose.
In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invitations you to take a seat by way of her facet and take a guided travel of the instruments and the tips of the masters. She reads the paintings of some of the best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discovers why their paintings has persisted. She takes excitement within the lengthy and luxurious sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by means of the intense characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She seems to be to John Le Carré for a lesson in easy methods to strengthen plot via discussion, to Flannery O'Connor for the crafty use of the telling aspect, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for smart examples of ways to hire gesture to create personality. She cautions readers to decelerate and be aware of phrases, the uncooked fabric out of which literature is crafted.
Written with ardour, humor, and knowledge, Reading Like a Writer will motivate readers to come to literature with a clean eye and an keen heart.