on 24 March 2009
No matter what it says above this book is NOT about applied coastal science. It is a literature/writing source book made up of a series of essays in practical criticism. It is arranged in three main sections('Narrative', 'Character' and 'Style and Language')each of which cover five specific topics in a chapter each, such as the chapter on Irony in Fiction in the last section, for example.Each chapter has an extract from a well-known novel or short story, followed by critical discussion and examination of fictional technique. The examples given are from English and American authors such as Saul Bellow or Iris Murdoch. The book also has an extensive bibliography for its size. A bit dense and old fashioned, hence the one star, but plenty of interesting issues raised, nonetheless.