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13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

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Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group in New York .
Written in English


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ISBN 109780307480989

There are lots of books I don't feel prepared enough to read--or at least to read and enjoy--and I study novels for a living! These men and others speak of their lives with candor and intimacy, and what emerges from this portfolio of influential men is a strikingly varied and profound set of ideas about what it means to be a black man in America today. The only problem with this is that she sometimes seems a bit of a Pollyanna, slightly too generous, to slow to criticize. What she is seeking, really, is peace, and we want badly for her to find it.

Throughout her academic analysis, Smiley never loses sight of what the form means to her, and what she has learned from it. So, Jane Smiley is what you might call one o' them elitist lib'rul intellectual types. The next morning he disappears. Smiley is an expert, but she wears her erudition stylishly, and we, her readers, are its beneficiaries. Even more intimate is her revealing look into the writing of her novel Good Faith.

As an object, it is user-friendly and routine, a mature technological form, hard to improve upon and easy to like. I was particularly impressed with Smiley's engagement with the moral implications of some of the novels she considers. Also Smiley seemed far too earnest in that book. This story is intense, chilling, and disturbing. They are people, Gates writes, "who have shaped the world as much as they were shaped by it, who gave as good as they got. Maybe half a sock.


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I was able to finish it in by listening to a recording of Good Faithand even though Smiley claims that "the novel was funny" I found it depressing, with the characters trying to feel good and climb on the back of the other lemmings in the s real-estate boom.

Despite these minor complaints, this story was rich rich rich. You can't pick the ideal point of view, the right protagonist, the ideal plot, or the perfect setting. After all, Smiley has an MFA and a PhD, and was a tenured English professor at Iowa State University for 15 years, until ; she's also the author of a biography of Charles Dickens, so it's reasonable to suspect she might have decided the time has come to show off her academic chops.

She follows this up with two encouraging chapters on how to start writing a novel of your own. With honesty and clarity, she gives the reader a rare glimpse into the creative process.

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

The day begins slowly, and as he waits for the heating to come on, the clacking of the pipes stirs memories of the past, of his childhood in Lithuania and Dublin, of his distinguished career as a judge, and of his late wife, Eileen, whom he met when he was just a child.

In his victim-impact statement, posted on his website, McCann tells of having suffered "a series of punches behind the punch": physical and psychological trauma that left him "for long stretches. Rather he should have said: Don't be despicable, Elliot. Ultimately the views that Smiley expresses in Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel offer readers and writers alike a path to liberation, primarily because Smiley believes there is no such thing as the perfect novel.

I see all the good stuff in big letters, stealing my attention. If she can't work on her own novel, she reasons, she can write about other novels, ones she loves, in order to work through her crisis and reconnect with her muse.

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Her comparative discussion of Wuthering Heights and de Sade's Justine in which Bronte's novel comes off much the worse is an excellent example of 'ethical criticism': like Wayne Booth, Martha Nussbaum, and others though without explicit reference to any theoretical work in this area Smiley illustrates that elements far more complex than a novel's content need to be considered when evaluating its ethical import: Justine shows that whatever an author's motives for depicting horror, the form of the novel itself molds the depiction.

The story was an intense page-turner. Around the same time, her lover and partner, Jack, was diagnosed with heart disease, and had to undergo a number of medical procedures.

Jane Smiley

Let's not remark that this book is a tale of gluttony; let's just observe that it isn't a novel, that its choice as George W. McCann's work ha Guys, this collection one novella and three short stories gets five stars! Stop whining. Avid readers will be most delighted by Smiley's "mini-essay s " of the hundred novels she selected as a reading exercise, which she uses as the final section of 13 Ways.

At several points, she makes claims about the benevolent effects of the combination of analysis and empathy demanded of novel readers: Pride, arrogance, moral blindness, and narcissism are endemic among humans, 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel book humans who occupy positions of power, either in society or in the family.

But really, I see all the complaints in small letters. Each chapter opened with parts of a Wallace Stevens poem about a blackbird; the poem supposedly showed lots of 13? Her flashbacks reminded 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel book a little of those portrayed in An Untamed State.

As an object, it is user-friendly and routine, a mature technological form, hard to improve upon and easy to like. But the unknown allusions were few, so in the end it was no biggie. He twitches and groans and bitches as he endures the humiliations of old age.Mar 22,  · Members of the Young Entrepreneur Council discuss the best things to do ahead of time when you're thinking about publishing your first book.

Writing a book gives authors a chance to share stories of challenges overcome, talk about skills they've developed or offer guidance on how to handle a complex subject. 13 Best Ways to Prepare for. Nov 06,  · Colum McCann’s talents remain unassailed. As disclosed in the author's note, Thirteen Ways of Looking was edited and partly written during the.

Jan 04,  · 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel_Book Review. I am an established writing and editing professional, with a master’s degree in publishing, and over 20 years of editorial experience.

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It’s also one of his most inspiring. Many musicians have written pieces based on the poem’s 13 short stanzas.Immediately download the Thirteen Ways of Ebook summary, chapter-by-chapter analysis, book notes, essays, quotes, character descriptions, lesson plans, and more - everything you need for studying or teaching Thirteen Ways of Looking.