How Novels Work (Hardback)
  • How Novels Work (Hardback)
  • How Novels Work (Hardback)
  • How Novels Work (Hardback)
  • How Novels Work (Hardback)
  • How Novels Work (Hardback)
  • How Novels Work (Hardback)
  • How Novels Work (Hardback)
  • How Novels Work (Hardback)
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How Novels Work (Hardback)

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Hardback 358 Pages / Published: 12/10/2006
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Never has contemporary fiction been more widely discussed and passionately analysed; recent years have seen a huge growth in the number of reading groups and in the interest of a non-academic readership in the discussion of how novels work. Drawing on his weekly Guardian column, 'Elements of Fiction', John Mullan examines novels mostly of the last ten years, many of which have become firm favourites with reading groups. He reveals the rich resources of novelistic technique, setting recent fiction alongside classics of the past. Nick Hornby's adoption of a female narrator is compared to Daniel Defoe's; Ian McEwan's use of weather is set against Austen's and Hardy's; Carole Shield's chapter divisions are likened to Fanny Burney's. Each section shows how some basic element of fiction is used. Some topics (like plot, dialogue, or location) will appear familiar to most novel readers; others (metanarrative, prolepsis, amplification) will open readers' eyes to new ways of understanding and appreciating

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199281770
Number of pages: 358
Weight: 569 g
Dimensions: 220 x 145 x 24 mm


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Expanding on his popular Guardian column, and focusing on a set of key novels, How Novels Work [mullan] aims to explain to the interested 'non-academic' reader critical approaches, particularly 'matters of form', which are normally considered the perserve of academia...the text is rich in critical and literary-historical insights...critical readings which...[are], above all, communicated in plain English. * Beth Lynch, TLS *
Ever insightful critiques...wholly satisfying, and a great education for book-lovers and would-be novelists alike... Mullan is willing to go where other academics do not usually deign to tread. * Susan Elderkin, The Financial Times *
A wealth of sharp mini-essays. * The Guardian (Review) *

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