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2.0 out of 5 stars Unnecessarily difficult and over opinionated, 2 Dec. 2002
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This review is from: The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers (Paperback)
Though I'd read about this book and had been recommended it as the essential guide for writing fiction, I was very disappointed by it. The author is very opinionated and prescriptive, particularly about the sort of education a writer needs. There a few specific and very useful guidelines, mainly about the use of language but the reader has to struggle through considerable verbosity and irrelevance to get to them. It seems very old fashioned, even though it's not that old, and the examples, many of them drawn from classical literature such as Homer, don't seem appropriate to contemporary writing
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