Title: Reading Like a Writer
Author: Francine Prose
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2007 (2006)
Source: Xmas Gift
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
to discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and
wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers 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; she is deeply moved by the brilliant
characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le
Carré 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
important, Prose cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to
words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted. (Goodreads Synopsis)
Reading Like a Writer is an intelligent and thought-provoking read that will make you reassess how you read books and approach language, whether you are a writer or just a bookworm.
Prose illustrates her thoughts with excellent examples from a range of literary styles and periods and I certainly picked up a few concepts I had never thought about before.
This is entertaining reading for those who love books and a vital addition to the library of any budding writer.