I didn’t necessarily agree with all that this book had to say, but I did find it a valuable read. It focuses almost exclusively on literary fiction, which I admit I don’t care for much.
It was also rather interesting to see that in this non-fiction book that really focuses on what a great writer is, the author ends plenty of sentences with prepositions. While I wouldn’t really ever criticize this in fiction, it makes it hard to take a person who is trying to sound knowledgeable about (and teach about) the English language seriously.
There were definitely useful pieces of information in this book. I (and other authors of genre fiction) may benefit more, however, from something like Stephen King’s On Writing. – Anne ⭐️⭐️
There is value in this book. I can say that much.
I felt like the majority of the book is aimed at mainly praising aspects of literary fiction – which is not a category I feel my own writing falls into, necessarily.
Reading this book certainly brought my back to my university days and my literature classes. It’s a a book that will make you think and ponder.
I do believe that there are nuggets of good advice in this book. Some of the anecdotes I found amusing and interesting!
There are also entire chapters which I completely disagree with, the sections on character and dialogue chief among them. That being said, I still think that in general, there are useful bits of advice in this book and certainly plenty of concepts to consider. – Jake ⭐️⭐️