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Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction (edició 2013)

de Tracy Kidder, Richard Todd

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"Good Prose" is an inspiring book about writing--about the creation of good prose--and the record of a warm and productive literary friendship.
Títol:Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction
Autors:Tracy Kidder
Altres autors:Richard Todd
Informació:Random House (2013), Hardcover, 224 pages
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Good Prose is predominantly a writing guide with undercurrents of memoir (generally about Kidder and Todd's writer/editor relationship). Although the subtitle specifies nonfiction, it could be a helpful book for fiction writers as well.

The text is more casual than a style guide, which tends to provide concise, specific rules. Although there are some writing principles presented--e.g., organizing a work and specific writing techniques--there are also a few chapters with a more philosophical bent. Whiffs of memoir weave through the more practical aspects of the book. Authors Kidder and Todd make it clear that not all writers will approach the craft as does Kidder, and it is clear to the reader that few editing relationships will be like theirs.

I found the first part of the book the most helpful, as far as writing help, but the whole of the book is an enjoyable read. The book's back matter includes two short sections: a list of writing guides and references, and a short discussion of ongoing changes in the English language and some of the current errors in usage. ( )
  Karzke | Apr 10, 2021 |
Good information about writing non-fiction from both an author and an editor standpoint. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Jan 17, 2016 |
This sadly seemed like a story of days gone by, days when publishers would travel town to town asking if anyone had a book in their closet, and some random person would pull out a box with an international blockbuster. In this case, days when writers had a personal relationship with their editor. Days when there actually were editors.

I found it all very interesting. It is a rather intimate look at a friendship and professional relationship. If I were casting it, it would have to be Jimmy Stewart and June Allison (hey! this is my fantasy). No one today would have a glimmer of what Todd and Kidder have lived through. ( )
  kaulsu | Nov 22, 2015 |
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Kidder and Todd but together a book about writing non-fiction. It goes over several types of non-fiction although I am not sure if the division is needed as some of the advice is capable of being used for any form of non-fiction or even fiction. I've read better. I've read worse. ( )
  melsmarsh | Dec 29, 2013 |
Brief Summary: Two friends, a writer and his editor, talk about what makes good writing, and in doing so they present an intimate view into why writers love what they do.

The Tsundoku Scale: Top of the Pile, 9 out of 10.

The Good:
This is not a book I would have ever chosen without a recommendation, but it is a book I am truly grateful to have read. Good Prose is the first true conversation I have ever seen in book form. It flows, like a conversation between two old friends that begins at one point and slowly climbs the mountain of connected ideas to end at another higher point where one can survey the land that they have climbed, and shake their head in amazement at how they’ve gotten so far. The book begins as a book supposedly on style and grammar, but it ends up being part essay/memoir, using “good prose” to take a deeper look into the writer’s connection to writing. I love the candid, funny stories that sprout throughout the narrative from how Tracy Kidder once spent almost half a year writing one newspaper article because The Atlantic thought it was too terrible to publish, to how Kidder and Richard Todd have a ritual of reading the entire almost complete book as part of their editing process. This is not in anyways a grammar lesson (although you do learn a lot about grammar); this is a memoir on writing and I have never enjoyed more learning how to write, or more exactly (as the book truly seems to be getting at), learning how to see the inner joy in writing.

The Bad:
I absolutely loved this book, and it certainly connected with me, but I am not really sure how much it’s really a book. This is the kind of book one can only write when one’s been established, and all the rules of what kind of book sells goes out the window. Good Prose goes from grammar rules, to essays on writing style, to memoirs without much order that I can see—and while, as I said before, it grows like a conversation (which I enjoyed), it may be difficult or frustrating for some to read. Also, it is often unclear whether it is Kidder or Todd that is speaking at certain points in the book, which makes it harder to truly appreciate each’s own unique character. The one part that I really did not like in the book, however, was that it went to a list of boring grammar rules at the very end. As I said before, this is not by any means a grammar book, and it was annoying, and a little disappointing, to see the authors try to force the book’s flow back to where it started in the end of the book.

Please check out for more great reviews! ( )
  Matt8000 | Jul 8, 2013 |
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