Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Art of Fiction by David Lodge

The Art of Fiction is a book of literary criticism by the British novelist David Lodge.
The chapters of the book first appeared in 1991-1992 as weekly columns in The Independent on Sunday and were eventually gathered into book form and published in 1992.
The essays as they appear in the book have in many cases been expanded from their original format.
Lodge focuses each chapter upon one aspect of the art of fiction, comprising some fifty topics. 
Every chapter also begins with a passage from classic or modern literature that Lodge feels embodies the technique or topic at hand. 
Some of the topics Lodge analyzes are Beginning (the first chapter), The Intrusive Author, The Epistolary Novel, Magic Realism, Irony and Metafiction. 
Among the authors he quotes in order to illustrate his points are Jane Austen, J. D. Salinger, Henry James, Virginia Woolf, Martin Amis, F. Scott Fitzgerald and even himself.

[Source: Wikipedia ]

Goodreads Rating - 3.9 out of 5 (1097 Ratings, 88 Reviews)

My Review:
Borrowed this book from the library with all good intentions of developing a better sense of appreciation of English Fiction.
Not a very interesting book, though it is not too boring.
The reason I was able to  finish this book was the chapters were rather short and I kept reading chapter after chapter with a hope that the next one would be more interesting.  
But sadly that was not to be.
A OK sort of book as far as I am concerned. 
Maybe it will appeal more to students of English Literature.


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