How fiction works


Published Jan. 5, 2008 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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2 stars (1 review)

Provides a somewhat academic approach to a discussion of the main elements of fiction using examples (good and bad) from literature.

2 editions

Hard going

2 stars

Admittedly I'm probably not part of the target audience for this book; it was recommended to me by someone with a BA in English Lit, though I never went past O-level, and that was quite some time ago. Still, this felt like hard work. There's a phrase in English something like "wears its learning lightly" and, to be frank, this book isn't it.