What makes a story a story? What is style? What'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. Raging widely from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings, Woods takes the reader through the basic elements of the art of fiction, step-by-step. He sums up two decades of insight with wit and concision, resulting in nothing less than a philosophy of the novel, which has won critical acclaim nationwide, from the San Francisco Chronicle to the New York Times Book Review.
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"James Wood's commanding discussion of the inner workings of fiction writing is an informative reference intended for those already somewhat skilled at the craft. Dozens of excerpts from notable works of fiction are cited, and common mainstays of the novel-writing process are analyzed and debunked. This insightful and extremely thorough work is akin to a college lecture that proceeds at a relentless pace. James Adams's somewhat pedantic narration initially fails to reach out to the listener as an educator might. However, his delivery eventually warms up to a livelier, more engaging tone. Ultimately, his masterful grasp of the content makes for a keen accompaniment to the material. A.P.C. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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