Aspects of the Novel
ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL is a unique attempt to examine the novel afresh, rejecting the traditional methods of classification by chronology or subject-matter.
Forster pares down the novel to its essential elements as he sees them: story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern and rhythm. He illustrates each aspect with examples from their greatest exponents, not hesitating a...more
I said no, I have Goodreads.
They said "What about Facebook?"
I said no, I have Goodreads - this is funny, someone said it should be called Bookface.
They didn't get that.
They said "Do you have a blog?"
I said well, no, I do Goodreads.
They looked at each other, and then they said "We heard you don't even have a mobile phone."
I said yeah, you heard right.
They said "Don't tell us, you have Goodreads."
I said "Now you're making fun of me."
They said "Huh, we don't need ...more
Towards a Poetics of The Novel
Here is a nice pseudo-scholarly jaunt through what 'aspects' go towards the creation of the Novel-form. Forster isolates a few of these aspects and discusses them, but the the 'rhythm' of the lectures, to use his own terminology, is one of insufficiency. It is as if Forster knows that the framework would collapse ever so easily with the slightest departure from his selected story-line or plot-structure or lecture-structure.
As I said, there is much jauntiness here, ...more
The most common denominator of all novels is this: the novel tells a story. This alone does not make a novel good, but without a story a novel cannot exist. Therefore, ti ...more
One of the best books I've read about writing novels. A truly inspirational guide to a complex and daunting effort. It is scary enough to make the decision to write a novel. To face the prospect without a reliable guide? UNTHINKABLE!!
The book is divided into chapters about The Story, People, The Plot, Fantasy, ...more
The tone is pretty casual, which makes it an easy read and while the aspects he covers are very basic - the story, the plot, ...more
Well, time has passed since then and my views have moderated somewhat though I still think this is a book anyone interested in the novel should look through at last once.
The first two chapters are quite engaging and help explai ...more
The book is a compilation of lectures, delivered in Trinity College, Cambridge in 1927, on what he considers universal aspects of the novel: story, characters, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm.
The lectures are unique and insightful. Had I not lost my book immediately after finishing it I would have loved to quote several of his shrewd, profound and appealing conclusions here.
What stil ...more
Okuması keyifli, fakat pek aydınlatıcı değil. Bundan neredeyse 100 yıl önce yazılmış bir kitabın bizim romanlar ...more
"Curiosity is one of the lowest of the human faculties. You will have noticed in daily life that when people are inquisitive they nearly always have bad memories and are usually stupid at bottom. The man who beings by asking you how many brothers and sisters you have, is never a sympathetic character, and if you meet him in a year’s time he will ...more
One will surely learn many valuable things about the craft of fiction thanks to Forster's witty and straightforward style which, unfortunately, did not remain consistent near the end of the book.I had the impression that Forster's choice of certain works to illustrate his opinions was made out of personal taste and stance towards a few of his contemporaries. Nevertheless, what ...more
i liked the language . It's simple, in the same time, it has some sophisticated vocabulary.
Well, E.M.Forster talks about the aspects of the novel. there are about 5 chapters; each chapter contains a certain aspect:
2 people (A&B)
4 fantasy & prophecy
5 pattern & rhythm
I'm about to demonstrate the general idea in each of them:
the story is a narrative of events arranged in ...more
فک میکنم واسه زمان خودش خوب بوده. خیلی هم مجمل و خلاصهس؛ نصف ِ بیشترش مثال و تحلیل آثار موفّق دیگهس. درسته که گاهی باید از مثال استفاده کرد. ولی نه اینکه نصف بیشتر کتاب، همینمثالها باشن. تازه، من خیلیاشونو نخونده بودم و صرف ِ تحلیل ِ مولّف، نمیتونستم باهاش همراهی کنم. شاید نکاتش بهزور چل صفحه هم بشن. ...more
Forster limits his study to about a dozen novels and their authors: The Brothers Karamazov, Moby Dick, Ulysses, Wuthering Heights, Madame Bovary, Moll Flanders, Emma, Tristram Shandy, The White Peacock, War and Peace, Bleak House and the Ambassadors. He breaks his areas of study into Story, Plot, People, Fantasy, Prophesy, Patter ...more
That said, I think it was a bit muddled and I think sometimes he assumed ...more
I particularly enjoyed:
- His take on commercially successful writers versus those who create works of art.
- His take on other writers of his day (loved Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, didn't care for Sir Walter Scott, thought Gertrude Stein failed in writing execution, liked Auste ...more
Forster defines the novel as "any fictitious prose work over 50,000 words." The seven aspects he discusses are story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm. He compares the novel's texture and form to those of a symphony and be ...more
I appreciate them, but more often than not they are outside of my comfort zone, I don't really fit in with them, and I think they are overpriced and overrated.
Reading this book you get the sense that E.M. Forster is a bit of an opinionated prick. The saving grace here is that he definitely has the skills to back up being an opinionated prick. But I found the book useless as a guide to writing or as a portal into the mind of th ...more
‘If you ask one man, "What does a novel do?" he will reply placidly: "Well—I don't know—it seems a funny sort of question to ask—a novel’s a novel—well, I don’t know—I suppose it kind of tells a ...more
He had five ...more