on 14 November 2010
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.
on 8 November 2010
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.
on 31 January 2016
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.
on 2 April 2009
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.