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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them par [Prose, Francine]
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Revue de presse

“Prose’s little guide will motivate ‘people who love books’…Like the great works of fiction, it’s a wise and voluble companion.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Witty...Insightful.” (Washington Post Book World)

“a jewel of a companion…engrossing...and...daringly insightful.” (Los Angeles Times)

“The passages are…subtle and brilliant in their capture of human complexity…Prose is…a skilled…analyst of what makes them so.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Reading Like A Writer is different from the rest of the pack…[Prose’s] wise book serves as an ispirational reminder.” (Washington Times)

“Sensible, valuable and highly readable, Reading Like a Writer deserves perusal — both in and out of the classroom.” (Kansas City Star)

“Celebrates the pleasures of close reading and explores the power of well-wrought language…refreshing” (Time Out New York)

“An absolutely necessary addition to the personal library of anyone who is a writer or dreams of writing.” (National Public Radio)

“Makes a case for the rewards of reading.” (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)

“Prose knows when to be funny, how to wield examples, and when to stop.” (More magazine)

“Readable and illuminating…few…advice volumes offer as much insight into writing as you will find in Francine Prose’s latest book” (Capital Times)

“Prose’s guide to reading and writing belongs on every writer’s bookshelf alongside E.M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Présentation de l'éditeur

Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose.

In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carré for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted.

Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1300 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 320 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1908526076
  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books; Édition : Reprint (17 mars 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B000JMKSWE
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I really enjoyed Reading Like a Writer. Prose gave some great reading list suggestions, some great practical tips that apply not only to reading, but also to writing. I nearly always had a notebook beside me as I read her book, copying down quotes. Very helpful book. I'll never read a book the same way after having read Prose's Reading Like a Writer.
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Very good service and book condition as expected, full of interesting work which if you are already studying may be familiar but is a very good read nonetheless
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the book was very helpful and a delight to read. I am now going to order all the books she recommends
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Need a constant companion? 30 janvier 2015
Par Lisa Harris - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am becoming more thrifty about book purchases and how many pairs of shoes I own, and more aware of how much pie I eat and going outside in any weather conditions. Francine Prose's book taught me new things, reminded me of things I knew but had forgotten, and also reinforced my best writing habits as I work on my novel-in-progress, THREAD. I am jealous that her last name is Prose! A little joke. This book allows readers and writers to understand their romance with words and stories, observation and creation. I checked it out at my local library, but I had to have it as a constant companion in my house--the way I keep good tea, favorite photos and friends nearby.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 is perhaps the best book that I've read about writing 1 décembre 2015
Par Julia B. Webb - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book, which is both humorous and on point, is perhaps the best book that I've read about writing. Prose refuses to set down any hard and fast rules, knowing that the best stories flout them, but continues to offer her advice in a piecemeal, by example sort of way. Her list of books at the end of Reading Like a Writer, and her insistence on reading and doing so carefully, helps us remember why we want to write in the first place. Rarely have I read through a book like this so quickly, or am I so eager to do so again.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Incredibly helpful 21 mai 2016
Par Courtney A. Weber - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I found this book to be incredibly helpful. Ms. Prose is clear and accessible, using excellent examples of quality writing and breaking it down into its mechanical parts, without sacrificing the love of the voice of the work. I appreciated the way each chapter was dedicated to a different segment of quality writing. I also appreciated her comparisons to Chekov in the end, showing that even all the principles of good writing she had thus far shared could be chucked in under the right circumstances. A worthy read for anyone interested in becoming a better reader or writer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 IN THE CLASSROOM WITH FRANCINE PROSE 4 février 2014
Par julie e. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I loved the novel Household Saints and the movie. I was delighted to read this book and for 271 pages I became a critical and analytical student of literature. Ms. Prose used examples of the great literary master such as Tolstoy, Chekov and Maupassant and contemporary writers such as Denis Johnson. Ms. Prose is an astute professor of writing and she spoke of her Utah class and the von Kleist novel The Marquise of O___. It was thrilling to have her explain the students reaction to a classic masterspiece. This book will transport the reader writer to a deeper understanding of the dynamics and structures of fiction and literature.

I highly recommend!

Julie E.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 For Writers and Word Nerds Only 28 mai 2013
Par Eric Christensen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In the added material at the back of READING LIKE A WRITER by Francine Prose, the book is described as "like Harold Bloom, but written by and for human beings." I think that is a fair description. This isn't the most exciting or compelling book, but it is less dry than Bloom. And it does have moments of great beauty.

You can break Prose's book is really two books: in one part, she teaches people how to read a book in such a way as to enjoy the pleasure of the language; in the second part, she teaches writers how to improve their writing-to make every word earn its place.

In the first part,Prose teaches you how to break down a piece of fiction to the smallest pieces and then appreciate how those pieces are built up into a large, wonderful structure: the novel. Once you appreciate that, and can read with an eye that appreciates that beauty, taking your time, and savoring the author's ability.

In the second part, Prose confronts a lot of "rules" about writing, knocking them down with powerful examples. What you are left with is probably Prose's chief rule: it's about finding an original voice. If a writer can focus on interesting word choice, groundbreaking detail, and contrarian paths, they can surprise readers in a wonderful way. Finally, she concludes with a list of 100 books that should be read immediately.

This book probably appeals to a small group of writers and word nerds. If you fall within that group, you can probably put this book to use, even if it is a bit dry.
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