HOW NOVELS WORK

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Illuminates the rich resources of novelistic technique and the basic elements of fiction

By John Mullan. Drawing on his weekly Guardian column, "Elements of Fiction," the author offers an engaging look at the novel, focusing mostly on works of the last ten years as he highlights the rich resources of novelistic technique, and illuminates some of the basic elements of fiction. Some topics (like plot, dialogue, or location) will appear familiar to most novel readers, while others (meta-narrative, prolepsis, amplification) will open readers’ eyes to new ways of understanding and appreciating the writer’s craft. The book explains how the pleasures of novel reading often come from the formal ingenuity of the novelist, making visible techniques and effects we are often only half-aware of as we read. Advanced students. Index. Oxford University Press. 346 pages. 2008 paperback edition.literatureresources

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