This is an excellent book. View all 6 comments. The e-book edition I read also has an active table of contents and the notes are easily accessible from their place in the text. References to this book The Crossover Novel:
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How Novels Work by John Mullan
Night Thoughts Robert Fraser. If I could offer any advice to someone who is thinking of writing a similar book, please just pick a couple ideas and focus more intently on those few chosen. He follows fairly intuitive divisions of concern such as Beginning,People, GenreStyle which he deals with in a basic analytical way, sometimes introducing more formal academic notions.
How Novels Work John Mullan OUP OxfordOct 12, - Literary Criticism - pages 1 Review Never has contemporary fiction been more widely discussed and passionately analysed; recent years have seen a huge growth in the number of reading groups and in the interest of a non-academic readership in the discussion of how novels work. This was fine, in that it led to a demonstration of how these elements are used, but it meant that for large parts of the book you just read summaries of parts of other books.
It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The one fault of this book is the necessary evil of its comprehensiveness: A good read for any aspiring novelist.
Sentiment and Sociability John Mullan. The one flaw I'd give to this is that it can be jarring to find out an entire plot of a novel wogk a couple of lines, in such an offhand way, and for a few of the books I failed to really take the examples in. Want to Read saving…. Whether you are looking for a clear exposition of the reasons for epistolary fiction or an explanation of why endings novrls be vague or clear cut then this might be the book for you.
There is really no deep mkllan. If you want to know how the different elements that make up a novel work, why they exist and how they are utilised by authors, this is the book for you.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Review from previous edition "Expanding on his popular Guardian column, and focusing on a workk of key novels, How Novels Work [mullan] aims to explain to the interested 'non-academic' reader critical approaches, particularly 'matters of form', which are normally considered the perserve of academia Secondly, this book has come out of a gow which dealt with many of the books one-by-one - in extrapolating his ideas into a thematic format, there's a bit of shoehorning of the books to fit.
I love books that describe the style and structure of various writing genres. So I read as quickly as possible, but I still saw that this book is a really good introduction to many aspects of novels and their writing.
How Novels Work - Hardcover - John Mullan - Oxford University Press
A couple of gripes though. Useful, ground-level reading of how the novel works for the general reader with no special training in how to read fiction.
He celebrates their successes, he's disappointed in their failures, and by the end, you'll be a smarter reader. Some topics like plot, dialogue, or location will appear familiar to most novel readers, while others meta-narrative, prolepsis, amplification will open readers' eyes to new ways of understanding and appreciating the writer's craft.
How Novels Work
Mullan covers a wide range of topics and discusses them in plain language. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Addressed to hoa who is interested in the close reading of fiction, it makes visible techniques and effects we are often only half-aware of as we read.
A very useful overview, clearly written and with repeated reference to examples. It is an entertaining and stimulating exploration of that ingenuity. Drawing on his weekly Guardian column, "Elements of Fiction," John Mullan offers an engaging look at the novel, focusing mostly on works of the last ten years as he illuminates the rich resources of novelistic technique.
Choose your country or region Close. Also I suppose structurally there isn't much that really holds it together, it has a lot of depth, but not much scope.
Lists with This Book. I would defy you to read this and not think about novels in another way. Aug 26, A.
The book overall made a lot more sense to me, and I find myself disagreeing with my earlier review.