A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them
On Sale: August 22, 2006
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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
CarrĂ© 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
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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