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The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
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This book is a model in teaching the various forms of dialogue--direct, indirect, subtext, gestures, etc. It's not so literary for that to go over our heads, and obvious enough to allow us to "get it." Once you realize the joy of reading less than 100-percent direct dialogue, you'll read text messages from friends and romantic interests with the same hopefulness... "Does he/she mean something else, is this suggestive of his/her thoughts and desires, is he/she seriously writing about an actual cat?" Because sometimes: who cares about precise facts and observations?

It's these various forms of dialogue that make each individual conversation (in what we read or in real life) something to be hopeful for.

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January 18, 2018 – Shelved
January 18, 2018 – Shelved as: stonecoast
January 18, 2018 – Shelved as: ideas-for-writing
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January 31, 2018 – Finished Reading

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