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Living by Fiction by Annie Dillard
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Mar 06, 2008

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Read from September 19 to 23, 2004 — I own a copy , read count: 2

Dillard comments on the devices and conventions employed in the postmodern fiction of writers like John Fowles and Philip Roth. Her book is not a work of criticism or theory; rather it is an exploration of the function of fiction in contemporary individual experience. Thus, she does not analyze the narrative techniques and characters in the recent novels she discusses; instead, she discusses what we should bring to these books as readers, and what they give us in return. Really more of a personal essay about reading contemporary fiction than an academic interpretation of the meaning of the novels. Dillard employs little jargon, and this is one reason why Living by Fiction is not a difficult book to read.

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