Not written by me!
I haven’t read all the articles (in my TO DO list), so I do not agree or disagree. I just thought to put it here for my own reference, and yours.
I had the fortune to see an early draft of Goblin, and I can’t wait to get the book in my hands 🙂
I’ve been watching this video, this ‘found footage’, over and over in the last few weeks. Mark Twain. I can see him, moving on film. I’ve read his words, read reviews and critiques of his work. I’ve dreamed alongside his characters, I’ve been carried away by his tales.
And on this palette of faded greys, I can see him. He’s just a man, and he is now dead. But his words aren’t. Maybe that is why I love words. They don’t die 🙂
…The father of American literature, Mark Twain was also known by his fondness in science and scientific inquiry. He developed a close and lasting friendship
And that’s what I like to see, a happy super-talented friend whose brilliant novel will be published soon 🙂 Keep an eye on this one 😉
Narrativity presumes a special taste for plot. And this taste for plot was always very present in the Anglo-Saxon countries and that explains their high quality of detective novels.
Is it true?
With all my admiration for Eco, I wouldn’t want to dismiss other nations and cultures’ sense for plot.
This quotation is so good, impossible not to share it.
For myself, the only rule regarding writing a novel I believe in is: sit down and write.
I’m not terribly good at following it, and I happily say that many books on writing available out there are very good, helpful, a good source of various and varied advice…but, at the end of the day (or at the beginning, whatever your preference), the one thing that never changes is sitting down – metaphorically, if you can write standing up, you’re more than welcome and it’s certainly healthier for the circulation and spine – and writing.
My main issue is switching off the outside world, the one with bills wanting paid, family you worry about, and all that goes on in the world.
But this quote says a lot 🙂
There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’m utterly enamored of Margaret Atwood‘s writing and ideas.
That said…in a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the top, this books gets a +23 but also a -3.
The structure, pacing, crescendo of the narrative is close to perfect (imo): every little detail plays Hide and Seek in the pages and slowly but surely and effectively comes together to paint a full, vibrant picture.
The Narrator‘s voice doesn’t stray and it’s faithful to itself and the narrative premises – I don’t particularly like him, but I happily follow his voice as I learn more of this story.
The commentary about society and technology and science is scarily accurate and intriguing while presenting not-so-far-away-in-the-future scenarios.
The love story/female character element is very much a fantasy (not literally speaking, no spoilers here) and even if I see and understand the reasons why, the filter through which we see her, the character’s function in the plot as a pivot of meaning and commentary on specific issues…it leaves me quite indifferent.
And yes, I know the next reread will show me more (good books always do 🙂 but it will be on an intellectual more than visceral level.
A writer’s choices might not always be a reader’s choices, obviously 🙂
Something to think about as we work on our writing 🙂
First Novel (lit hist):
The Bluette of their Chemise
Final draft due in September
Collections of short stories
Works in progress:
1) Based on chosen words from the OED.