BlurbWhat makes a story a story? What is style? Whatâ€™s the connection between realism and real life? These are some of the questions James Wood answers in How Fiction Works, the first book-length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation. Ranging widelyâ€”from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklingsâ€”Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step. The result is nothing less than a philosophy of the novelâ€”plainspoken, funny, bluntâ€”in the traditions of E. M. Forsterâ€™s Aspects of the Novel and Strunk and Whiteâ€™s The Elements of Style. It sums up two decades of insight with wit and concision. It will change the way you read.
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