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The Book of Daniel by E.L. Doctorow
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Feb 25, 2012

it was amazing

I bring this book almost every time I talk to writers or editors. The story was almost secondary to the incredible way the book was written. I wonder though if someone could read this alongside Atlas Shrugged and have a nervous breakdown, or an epiphany. Maybe both.
The way point of view and tenses shifted so fluidly was really something to study. If an author ever wonders why his switches in either aren't working I direct them to this book to see why this one worked so well. I ask editors all the time what they would do if they got something like this. I still wonder if this would be published today, or if the agents and editors who came across it would just say it was "confusing."
There were some exceptional bits of sex writing in here as well. Often sex in literary novels is so bland and here it was disturbing, erotic, embarrassing and awful, often at the same time.
This is a must read for anyone interested in the craft of writing, politics or history.
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