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The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers - Community Reviews back

by John Gardner
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Rod Raglin
Rod Raglin rated it 11 months ago
One of the most interesting things about this book is how attitudes have changed in regards to what it means to be an author. The Art of Fiction - Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner, was published in 1984, long before the advent of online platforms that make self-publishing free and ...
bezweifeln
bezweifeln rated it 3 years ago
The author uses examples of good authors to illustrate his points. This is fine as long as one has read the author in question. As I read this book I was most often compiling a list of authors I should read so i could fully understand Gardner's opinions. When he used reprinted examples, I was there,...
tuirgin
tuirgin rated it 4 years ago
I suspect those who accuse Gardner of being arrogant, egotistical, condescending, etc., ad nauseum are likely to be the sort who either have an ideological agenda of their own, or prefer their egalitarianism served with a thoroughgoing relativism. Gardner was never soft-spoken in stating his opinion...
Chance's Take on Books
Chance's Take on Books rated it 5 years ago
In The Art of Fiction, John Gardner explains what it takes for a writer to create great fiction; it takes lots of hard work, advice that is more helpful than reading manuals that set unrealistic expectations through vacuous cheer leading. On a practical note, Gardner describes common mistakes and ad...
Samir's Critical Corner
Samir's Critical Corner rated it 5 years ago
This is Gardner's classic text of 'how to write'. The incredibly arrogant tone and egotistical voice of Gardner drove me nuts at times but I plowed through to the end.The book's in two parts, the first is a collection of four essays on literature - titled 'Notes on Literary-Aesthetic Theory' - of wh...
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