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How fiction works the last word on writing fiction, from basics to the fine points by Oakley M. Hall

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Published by Story Press in Cincinnati, Ohio .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Fiction -- Authorship.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-216) and index.

Statementby Oakley Hall.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPN3355 .H29 2001
The Physical Object
Pagination228 p. ;
Number of Pages228
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6794019M
ISBN 101884910491
LC Control Number00061879

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Paperback 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. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App/5(13). 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?Author: James Wood.   How Fiction Works by Oakley Hall is not to be confused with the more acclaimed How Fiction Works by James Wood (who is in turn not to be confused with the actor James Woods). Of the two the latter book is superior, being more precise and nuanced in its analysis/5. 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 and searching study of the main elements of fiction /5(26).

New Yorker staff writer Wood (Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel, , etc.) channels E.M. Forster’s classic Aspects of the Novel in a book-length analysis of the techniques that make fiction “both artifice and verisimilitude.”. Adopting an enthusiast’s approach, the author examines classic and contemporary aesthetic choices, citing the works of several dozen .   The old manipulative narrator in the sky is a marginal presence throughout How Fiction Works. The only novel Wood has published is called The Book Against God and his criticism suggests that all. Wood contends that few books have appeared that consider how fiction works after the publication in of E. M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel (which Wood considers imprecise) and of three books. "How Fiction Works" is a provocative and accessible musing for writers and readers of prose--and it offers excellent insights whether the interest is fiction or nonfiction. Woods cites passages from the Western Canon, including Dostoevsky, Faulkner, Flaubert, Joyce, Kafka, Mann, Saramago, and Woolf, among many others, to get to the essence of narration, character, plot, detail, and dialogue/5().

  These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation. Ranging widely—from Homer to David Foster Wallace, /5(30). These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation. Ranging widely—from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings —Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by by: “Just because I work for a big corporation doesn’t mean I don’t like fiction books. In fact, fiction books is one of my favorite kinds of books.” Most successful people read. It can be harder for busy or ambitious people to justify reading literature though. They’re too busy, they think. They don’t have time for “art.”.   “How Fiction Works” is a definitive title, promising much and presuming even more: that anyone, in the age of made-up memoirs and so-called novels whose protagonists share their authors.