How Fiction Works Hardcover – 7 Feb 2008
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on 19 January 2013
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Whether you are learning to write or whether you are already a writer, this book will show the little things that make certain works of fiction the masterpieces that they are considered today. A great read. I wish there was more of it.
on 2 April 2009
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An engrossing examination of the writers art, and a must read for anyone with a love of books and writing. James Wood explores classic and modern writers and their works to divine the essence of what makes great literature - looking at narration, detail, dialogue and other characteristics that make up a novel. This illuminating and erudite study of fiction should be read by all aspiring authors and book worms who ponder over the elusive qualities that create great literature.
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Overall this is a pretty good introduction to literary criticism and some of the theories behind the analysis of fiction.Read more
There are far better, more interesting and easier to follow books out there on 'How to Write' genre. Fairly disappointing.
From the description and the other reviews I expected much more of this. It started well but the more I read of it the more I felt the author simply wanted to air his own views,...Read more
Book arrived promptly and well-packaged. The book was clearly new and had no marks or scuffs.
A must have for all writers, budding or experienced. Enough said.
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