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How to read a novel : a user's guide

Author: John Sutherland
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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In a book that is as humorous as it is learned, author Sutherland tells you how to read fiction better than you do now. He reminds readers how the delicate charms of fiction can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating. On one level this is about novels: how they work, what they're about, what makes them good or bad, and how to talk about them. At a deeper level, this book describes what happens when a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Sutherland
ISBN: 0312359888 9780312359881
OCLC Number: 70831094
Notes: "First published in Great Britain by Profile Books Ltd."--T.p. verso.
Description: 263 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: So many novels, so little time --
Declarations of independence --
Every other thing has changed : why hasn't the book changed? --
Fiction : a four-minute history --
Targeting : first find your book --
Preliminaries I --
Closing in --
Preliminaries II --
Titles --
Names --
Worth a thousand words --
Famous first words --
Epigraphs, forewords, and afterwords --
Read one, you've read them all : intertextuality --
On the rack : know your genre --
Getting physical --
See as well as read --
Hardback or paperback? --
What do you do with the novel? Read it, listen to it, look at it? --
Real world, fictional world : same world? --
When worlds collide --
Fiction : where the unspeakable can be spoken --
I'm a Martian : will I understand Pride and prejudice? --
Can reviews help? --
Bestsellers --
The prize novel --
Book of the film? Film of the book? --
After all is said and done, what use are they?
Responsibility: John Sutherland.
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In a book that is as humorous as it is learned, author Sutherland tells you how to read fiction better than you do now. He reminds readers how the delicate charms of fiction can be at once wonderful and inspired and infuriating. On one level this is about novels: how they work, what they're about, what makes them good or bad, and how to talk about them. At a deeper level, this book describes what happens when a reader meets a novel. Will a great love affair begin? Will the rendezvous end in disappointment? Taking his readers to the bookshop, Sutherland helps them judge a book by its cover, wondering aloud what genre might be best, even going so far as to analyze one of the latest American bestsellers, all to help the reader choose the novel that is right for him or her.--From publisher description.

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