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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521715156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521715157
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Abbott brilliantly zeroes in on the architecture of narrative with an exactness and bent for orderly exposition that utterly redeems his subject.' The Chronicle of Higher Education

'Anyone seeking a lucidly written guide to the study of narrative technique should turn immediately to H. Porter Abbott's Cambridge Introduction to Narrative.' Literature/Film Quarterly

'Written in an unfailingly lucid style that nonetheless refuses to 'dumb down' the major research questions facing analysts of stories, this book provides an ideal starting-point for readers seeking a synoptic overview of recent scholarship on narrative. More than just a primer for readers unfamiliar with previous research on stories, however, Abbott's book itself represents a significant contribution to the field of narrative studies.' David Herman, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Narrative

'Directness, accessibility, and coherence distinguish this brief but comprehensive study of narrative ... Most highly recommended.' Choice

'A lucid, practical, wide-ranging, and often original introduction to narrative, which will be extremely useful in undergraduate and graduate courses on literary theory and criticism. This is not a dry textbook, however; the reader is made aware of a real voice and of a fascination with the role of narrative across many areas of culture and beyond.' Derek Attridge

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This thoroughly revised second edition of this widely used textbook takes recent developments in the field into account, and includes two new chapters. Organised to be used throughout a narrative studies course, it includes many textbook features, examples and suggestions for further reading.

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Excellent text book for a newcomer to the written skills of storytelling. Unpretentious.Devoid of intellectual obfuscation. A gradual introduction with clear explanations of the terms and conditions under which we struggle to express ourselves on the page. We are guided through the multi-layered world of narrative theory and practice by a good teacher. Short chapters finish with two layers of further references, for the newcomer and those better qualified. The glossary is superb, back referencing itself into each page, so the readers can review their understanding easily. This book will not stray far from the keyboard.
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I enjoyed this no end. A concise, well-organised, beautifully clear-headed book. Porter Abbott is generous to every idea and, in caring about them, he does them justice. Here is an author who evidently loves his subject - and this is infectious. But he does not preach, he simply opens up the subject and encourages further curiosity. Above all, the book makes you thirst again for the primary texts with the feeling that, the next time you read, the experience will be richer for what you now know. All introductions to a subject should be like this.
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For English Lit students or even the culturally-aware layman, it is worth buying this book for the first chapter alone. Thought-provoking, accessible, it uses lots of examples, is clearly laid out, refers to other points of view and doesn't try to insist on the author's views alone - great.
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A clear, concise and engaging introduction to a topic daunting in its scope and scholarship. The kind of handbook one wishes existed for every similar field. The glossary of terms at the rear of the volume is particularly indispensable to students of history and literature. Thoroughly recommendable.
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