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A truly exhilirating read,
This review is from: How Fiction Works (Paperback)
Don't take heed of the other reviews, this is a truly brilliant book. Part-literary criticism, part advice on how to write a novel, and part poetry. Wood's is a critic who writes like a superb poet-novelist and everything he has to say is pertinent to every would be critic and/or would be novelist. The book isn't just an account of how novels work, but how they can work better.
There are some truly awe-inspiring passages in this book, I had to put it down few times just to savour the writing and the ideas.
Don't just take my word for it, read the opening few pages. You'll be impressed.