Ksenia Anske's Reviews > Aspects of the Novel
Aspects of the Novel
Ksenia Anske's review
Jul 11, 2016
Politely sarcastic, I would call this. Lots of enlightening truths about writing a novel mixed in with quiet jabs at societal conventions blown up in novels to startling proportions, like eating, for example, and the fact that most novels end in death or marriage, all of this illustrated with examples from English novels of the last two centuries, with a mention of some French and some Russian giants like Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. In that way, it's a limited but quite accurate view on what a novel is, but unless you've read the classics being discussed here, most of the findings will fall on your deaf ears. If nothing else, read the part about the plot, it's worth it.
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