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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who… (2006)

de Francine Prose

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Before there were workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says author and teacher Prose. Prose invites you on a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the very best writers and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carré for how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted.--From publisher description.… (més)
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    Lady with Lapdog and Other Stories de Anton Chekhov (sturlington)
    sturlington: Prose refers to the short stories of Chekhov extensively.
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    How Novels Work de John Mullan (ajsomerset)
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For those who aspire to write fiction, Francine Prose offers insights into writing styles and devices used by classic authors as well as some modern ones. Some of the quoted passages went on and on. It offers little in the way of advice for those whose writing interest lies in non-fiction. Perhaps the best feature of the book is the bibliography of what you should read now. ( )
  thornton37814 | Nov 15, 2021 |
examples of good writing
  ritaer | Aug 7, 2021 |
It was a pleasure to read this book. Francine Prose examines dozens of works by authors ranging from Chekhov to Jane Austen to Elmore Leonard. Organized into sections on Words, Sentences, Paragraphs, Narration, Character, Dialogue, Details and Gesture, she gives us the tools so we can look under the hood at art and discover what makes great literature great. ( )
  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
2.4.21 looking at this for first time in a long time: there are at least 9 tags - may want to revisit this - remember hearing her at Powells - she reminded me of Deb ( )
  Overgaard | Feb 4, 2021 |
I wasn’t really a fan of this, even though I can see that it’s likely going to be beneficial to many. The vast majority of stories and novels that Prose is recommending for worship seem not that interesting to me. I feel that there were too many male authors mentioned, and also I don’t enjoy short stories very much so it’s unlikely I’ll do any follow up on those.

I do heartily agree with the premise that of course writers should be readers first, but I have a problem with talking about “the greats” versus just great reads; I think writers can also get a ton out of genre fiction and not just the (what appears to me) pretentious stuff. Also the Chekhov hard on was annoying.

Ok so I just did math based on the “read these now” list at the back of the book, and less than 19% (18.6) were written by women. I’m taking another half star just because a woman should know better. ( )
  spinsterrevival | Jan 17, 2021 |
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Before there were workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says author and teacher Prose. Prose invites you on a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the very best writers and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carré for how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted.--From publisher description.

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