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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.)


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Anne Morrow, September 27, 2011 (view all comments by Anne Morrow)
Francine Prose works through writing like a reader taking apart word choice, sentences and paragraphs to demonstrate how to strengthen ones prose work. She has a wide knowledge of great literature and includes a great reading list in the final chapter. She draws on these books, great authors and her own years as a writer and teacher to clearly lead a reader to implementing many strong writing elements.
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A great book that examines the intricate details in a novel and suggestions as to how to break different components into fine tuning tools for the novice and expert writers. Also list a good list of starting books to be read for inspiration and technique.
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A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.)
Prose, Francine
by Francine Prose
by Francine Prose
Harper Perennial
Books & Reading
Composition & Creative Writing - General
General Literary Criticism & Collections
English language
English language -- Rhetoric.
Creative writing
Literary Criticism : General
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Trade PB
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7.98x5.58x.78 in. .50 lbs.

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Reading Like a Writer is a treasure chest. You can crack it open at any chapter and come away enriched. Prose is one of the best teachers around, and for the price of a paperback, you are getting an Ivy League education in writing. For people who love books, Prose will enhance their reading experience. The list of books "to be read immediately" is a great collection of old and new classics. For writers, the book is nothing short of a revelation.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The trick to writing, Prose writes, is reading — carefully, deliberately and slowly. While this might seem like a no-brainer, Prose (Blue Angel; A Changed Man) masterfully meditates on how quality reading informs great writing, which will warm the cold, jaded hearts of even the most frustrated, unappreciated and unpublished writers. Chapters treat the nuts and bolts of writing (words, sentences, paragraphs) as well as issues of craft (narration, character, dialogue), all of which Prose discusses using story or novel excerpts. This is where the book truly shines; Prose is remarkably egalitarian in choosing exemplars of fiction: David Gates, Denis Johnson, John le Carr and ZZ Packer, for instance, are considered as seriously as Chekhov, Melville, Flaubert or Babel. Prose insists that 'literature not only breaks the rules, but makes us realize that there are none,' and urges writers to re-read the classics (Chekhov, especially) and view 'reading as something that might move or delight you.' Prose's guide to reading and writing belongs on every writer's bookshelf alongside E.M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "As the title suggests, this book is likely to find its audience with readers who are also writers or who long to be."
"Review" by , "Like the great works of fiction, it's a wise and voluble companion."
"Review" by , "In this excellent guide, Prose explains exactly what she means by 'close reading,' drawing attention to the brick and mortar of outstanding narratives....In the process, she does no less than escort readers to a heightened level of appreciation of great literature."
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