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Reading Like a Writer | [Francine Prose]

Reading Like a Writer

In her entertaining and edifying New York Times bestseller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters and discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire listeners to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart.
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Publisher's Summary

In this entertaining and edifying New York Times best-seller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of the masters and to discover why their work has endured.

Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire listeners to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart; to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John le Carre for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue; and to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail. And, most importantly, she cautions listeners to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.

©2006 Francine Prose; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Prose's observations are incandescent, and her examples are thrilling, ranging from Samuel Johnson to Katherine Mansfield, Flannery O'Connor, Raymond Chandler, Stanley Elkin, and Paula Fox." (Booklist)

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    Gare Washington, DC, USA 04-13-08
    Gare Washington, DC, USA 04-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Practical, literate, generous"

    The treatment that you would expect at an Ivy league modern literature summer seminar. Good examples, truly helps to inform your focus as you read.

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    Sand Tampa, FL, United States 08-04-14
    Sand Tampa, FL, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2006

    So...you're telling me I can pay people to read books to me whilst I do other things?

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    Warning: Listening to this book will compel you to buy/download more books!
    Listening to this one is like being in your favorite literature/writing class in college...only there are so many books covered here your college courses surely never covered them all.
    Prose's analysis and observations only make you thirst for the original text, which is why I recently ordered the "Tales of Chekov" print set and downloaded Stephen Fry's narration of selected Chekov stories.

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    Jens Australia 03-22-13
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    Very good and clear reading with some good acting-reading of the literary texts.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Reading Like a Writer?

    It is an excellent book for every writer, a very interesting approach to creeatrive writing and learning form other writers' tricks. Also, a useful material for discussion for every teacher of Creative Writing. It was a nice way of re-aquainting with literary classics. Highly recommneded!


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    I expected a series of good examples with deep analysis of what made book work or not work. There were far fewer very bad and too long examples, the analysis was typically slight, and there was too much unnecessary material.

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