Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire listeners to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart; to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John le Carre for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue; and to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail. And, most importantly, she cautions listeners to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.
©2006 Francine Prose; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"Prose's observations are incandescent, and her examples are thrilling, ranging from Samuel Johnson to Katherine Mansfield, Flannery O'Connor, Raymond Chandler, Stanley Elkin, and Paula Fox." (Booklist)
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Listening to this one is like being in your favorite literature/writing class in college...only there are so many books covered here your college courses surely never covered them all.
Prose's analysis and observations only make you thirst for the original text, which is why I recently ordered the "Tales of Chekov" print set and downloaded Stephen Fry's narration of selected Chekov stories.
"Practical, literate, generous"
The treatment that you would expect at an Ivy league modern literature summer seminar. Good examples, truly helps to inform your focus as you read.
Very good and clear reading with some good acting-reading of the literary texts.
It is an excellent book for every writer, a very interesting approach to creeatrive writing and learning form other writers' tricks. Also, a useful material for discussion for every teacher of Creative Writing. It was a nice way of re-aquainting with literary classics. Highly recommneded!
I found that the narrator did not match the tone of the content, and that she somehow devalued it. Overall though, it was inspirational and I will be reading some of the suggested examples.
"a must read!"
this is not a book you read once. listen to Francine and learn to read.
"I still don't get it."
The material covered by this book is probably better covered by an old school hard copy book rather than by audio book on my daily commute.
didn't like it ...seems to unstructured and long-winded.not what I was looking for in writing skills
I expected a series of good examples with deep analysis of what made book work or not work. There were far fewer very bad and too long examples, the analysis was typically slight, and there was too much unnecessary material.
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