David Lodge's Consciousness,
This review is from: Consciousness And The Novel (Hardcover)
David Lodge is an acaemic, lecturer and literary critic who deals with people's consciousness every day, either as readers, critics or writers and this book is a revelation of his thoughts on the subject. Without getting deeply into philosophical arguments about how a book becomes, either at the writing or reading stage, from the mind to blackmarks on white paper into the minds of readers or, in the case of some writers, the minds of nations and humanity in general, anyone reading a well-written book will be a consciousness creating (recreating?) other characters with consciousness, all from the third mind's consciousness.
The place of creative writing - novels, philosophy, poetry, plays, etc - is central to many people's view of humanity and Lodge examines many of these genres, techinqiues and writings in this short book:
Consciousnes and the Novel
Literary Criticism and Literary Creation
Dickens Our Contemporary
Forster's Flawed Masterpiece
Waugh's Comic Wasteland
Lives in Letters: Kingsley and Martin Amis
Henry James and the Movies
Sick with Desire: Philip Roth's Libertine Professor
Lierkegaard for Special Purposes
A Conversation about "Thinks" ...
For anyone interested in the process of writing and reading, this is a fascinating book whihc will give plenty of food for thought.