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Ben I read Aspects of the Novel in college 50 years ago in Bombay as part of my readings in literary criticism. It is essential reading for a fiction writer and fiction teacher.

Incidentally, just last month I saw a new edition of this book in the library with the author's photo on the cover (a harassed-looking 70-year-old). I took it out and read it avidly and agreed with all his six points, especially his take on the POV.

A novel is superior to the film, he says, because the reader gets to see the outside and inside of the person whereas in real life or in the film we only see the exterior. And this is done with the skillful use of the POV, which allows a writer to reveal the character's thoughts as well as his external appearance and the environment.

I better stop here because literary criticism is my favourite topic or speciality.

Thanks, Shane, for reviewing this book.

Ben


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Shane Ben wrote: "I read Aspects of the Novel in college 50 years ago in Bombay as part of my readings in literary criticism. It is essential reading for a fiction writer and fiction teacher.

Incidentally, just la..."


Thanks, Ben. the biggest "ah, ha"for me was that this journeyman writer was being invited to lecture on his craft in the hallowed halls of academia!


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