How fiction works

A scintillating and searching study of the main elements of fiction, such as narrative, detail, characterisation, dialogue, realism and style. In his first full-length book of criticism, one of the most prominent critics of our time takes the machinery of storytelling apart to ask series of fundamen...

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Main Author: Wood, James.
Format: Book
Language: English
Publication: New York : Vintage Books, 2009.
Series: Literature. History and criticism.
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Bibliography: Bibliografía
Summary: A scintillating and searching study of the main elements of fiction, such as narrative, detail, characterisation, dialogue, realism and style. In his first full-length book of criticism, one of the most prominent critics of our time takes the machinery of storytelling apart to ask series of fundamental questions: What do we mean when we say we "know" a character? What constitues a telling detail? When is a metaphor successful? Why do most endings of novel disappoint?. With examples ranging from Homer to Beatrix Potter, and the Bible to John le Carré, the result is both a study of the techniques of fiction-making an alternative history of the novel. Play ful and profound, it will be enlightening to writers, readers and anyone interested in what happens on the page.
ISBN: 9781845950934
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Call Number: 82.09 WOO
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