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Nigel Beale
May 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Montaigne once said that there is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.

By this measure, James Wood’s How Fiction Works is filled with excitement. Realists Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Spark and Woolf stand as the protagonists in one corner, against Rick Moody, Patrick Giles, Roland Barthes and William Gass, antagonists in the other. The former are held up as exemplars of all that is good in fiction, their works are meticulously examined and praised.

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