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The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers Taschenbuch – 1. Januar 2000
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It is hard to be ambivalent about Ayn Rand. Rand spoke in absolutes, and either you buy it or you don't. There is plenty of fiber and nutritious material in this book, but the Rand agnostic may find it hard to digest. Rand's ego is enormous and her dismissiveness petty most every step of the way. "In regard to precision of language," says Rand, who uses her work throughout the book to exemplify her points, "I think I myself am the best writer today." But woe to any other author, excluding Victor Hugo, Mickey Spillane, and, with reservations, Dostoyevsky. "To see how not to write," advises Rand, "read [Thomas Wolfe's] descriptive passages." Sinclair Lewis, she says, is a "perceptive but superficial observer." James Joyce? "He is worse than Gertrude Stein. ...He uses words from different languages, makes up some words of his own, and calls that literature."
Still, Rand does have some useful things to say to the fiction writer. Perhaps most important is her emphatic belief in the concrete. "In order to be completely free with words," she intones, "you must know countless concretes under your abstractions." It is only the concrete, she adds, that will lead the reader to your abstractions, your themes. Along related lines, Rand believes firmly that "If a writer feels that he was unable fully to express what he wanted to express, it means that he did not know clearly what he wanted to express"--no more blaming it on writer's block for you! And remember: "A good style is one that conveys the most with the greatest economy of words." This means that "when you draw a character, everything that you say about him acquires significance by the mere fact of being included in your story." The bottom line is that "Art is selectivity." --Jane Steinberg
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- ASIN : 0452281547
- Herausgeber : NAL (1. Januar 2000)
- Sprache : Englisch
- Taschenbuch : 192 Seiten
- ISBN-10 : 9780452281547
- ISBN-13 : 978-0452281547
- Abmessungen : 13.34 x 1.14 x 20.32 cm
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1,820,457 in Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Bücher)
- Nr. 1,220 in Literaturkritik - US-amerikanische Literatur
- Nr. 1,879 in Bücher & Interpretationen
- Nr. 3,876 in Kreatives Schreiben & Schreibwissenschaft
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Author: Lee Sandstead Subject: Suffering and tragedy in art
I never had a full justification why I love movies such as "Life is Beautiful," "Braveheart," and "Cyrano de Bergerac." They all present heroes, who die tragic deaths. Ayn Rand, in her new book on fiction writing, gives me the answer.
"The justification for presenting tragic endings in literature is to show, as in "We the Living," that the human spirit can survive even the worst of circumstances--that the worst that the chance events of nature or the evil of other people can do will not defeat the proper human spirit. To quote from Galt's speech in "Atlas Shrugged": "Suffering as such is not a value; only man's fight against suffering, is."
I highly recommend this book to everyone. There is bound to be some piece of information that will come as a revelation; for me, there has been many.
Best, Lee Sandstead Memphis, TN (Soon to be NYC)
The only part missing from this book that I would have liked is a more complete discussion on "extravagant romanticism" (as mentioned in "Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life") verses Romanticism, the emphasis on volition. What was the "extravagant romanticism" of Fritz Lang movies verses the "adequate" job done with the Fountainhead movie? That is something elusive that I would like to understand.
Ayn Rand also contrasts her writing with other famous writers. She explains why I've never been able to stand reading fiction stories except her own. Her comparisons show why. So, if you are even mildly interested in writing, this book will make you excited to write because it will teach you how. It will give you a power you don't realize you have so that you can unleash your imagination to create stories of your own. If you come up with any good stories, you can learn to make them into movies at cyberspacefilmschool.com and become a millionaire director/producer.
The book is based upon informal seminars given by Ayn Rand in 1958, but the style of this book is so elegant that it could have been written by Ayn Rand herself. The editor has done a marvellous job.
Also, check out her account of humor. It is most incongruous to reality.
This is a real how-to book for the aspiring writer. I recommend it highly. Even if you don't agree with Rand's philosphy, you will learn how to construct plot. And remember, plot sells!
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Must read for moderate level writer as it give deep insights and take you to next level. I didn’t mention start-up writers as from my point the book do not follow a chronological order to learn writing from start.
Specialization. There is just so much detailed information including examples from various novels. Worth its value... rather more.