The Art of Fiction

The Art of Fiction

David Lodge / Jul 16, 2019

The Art of Fiction Revised updated enlarged and published for the first time in book form of critic and novelist Lodge s articles on the art of fiction from the acclaimed series that ran for weeks in the Washin

  • Title: The Art of Fiction
  • Author: David Lodge
  • ISBN: 9780670848485
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Revised, updated, enlarged, and published for the first time in book form 50 of critic and novelist Lodge s articles on the art of fiction from the acclaimed series that ran for 50 weeks in the Washington Post and the London Independent Topics range from Dickens and Hemingway to Paul Auster and Fay Weldon.

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        Professor David Lodge is a graduate and Honorary Fellow of University College London He is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham, where he taught from 1960 until 1987, when he retired to write full time.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, was Chairman of the Judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989, and is the author of numerous works of literary criticism, mainly about the English and American novel, and literary theory He is also the author of The Art of Fiction 1992 , a collection of short articles first published in the Independent on Sunday.David Lodge is a successful playwright and screenwriter, and has adapted both his own work and other writers novels for television His novels include The Picturegoers 1960 , The British Museum is Falling Down 1965 , Changing Places 1975 , Therapy 1995 , Thinks 2001 , and his most recent, Deaf Sentence 2008 He lives in Birmingham.


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    1. Literary criticism is often daunting for a novice. I have ploughed through a lot of serious critical tomes in my life (most of them in Malayalam) to enhance my reading experience, but I must confess that I have been only partly successful: many of those erudite essays were way over my head. And when it comes to literary theory, I must shamefacedly say that I have still not understood the difference between “Classicism”, “Modernism” and “Post-Modernism”. Any mention of “Deconstructi [...]


    2. The very fact that the book has compelled me to put down my thoughts here when I've barely finished reading a quarter of it should reflect on how much a wonderful read it is. What David Lodge has done is quite simple - he has chosen a variety of styles in fiction eg intrusive author, unreliable narrator, suspense, symbolism, magical realism, interior monologue etc and illustrated each of them with a passage taken from a well known book with a succinct missive to go with them. The beauty of the b [...]


    3. David Lodge’s book has made me think differently about my reading: indeed to read differently.Lodge examines aspects of approach and technique authors use to enhance our understanding of what they do to tell their fictional stories. He does not deconstruct so much as analyse the angles we can use to understand and appreciate fiction. And he provides some telling examples. He talks about, among other things: beginning, ending, the intrusive author, the stream of consciousness approach, place, w [...]


    4. ترجیح می‌دم نکته‌ای اشاره کنمنقاط قوت کتاب:۱- تعدد نکات و متن‌ها، آشنایی مخاطب با یک گستره‌ی خوب از نویسنده‌هایی که مورد علاقه‌ی مخاطب بریتانیایی‌ان. ۲- درکِ «از درونِ» دیوید لاج از نویسندگی و ترفندهاش.۳- انتخاب درست سرفصل‌ها و حیطه‌ها.۴- پوشش شیوه‌های رمان‌نویسی از کلا [...]


    5. I'm not in the mood for fiction at the moment - I know, that is a ridiculously sweeping thing to say, but really I'm not. I had hoped that in reading this basic introduction to literary criticism that I might have a surge of wonder and excitement, see all that I was missing, and rush out and bury myself in a novel.It was not to be. I huffed and puffed my way from chapter to chapter, feeling irritated and disgruntled. Firstly by the extracts from various novels - none of which appealed - and then [...]


    6. من با ترجمه ی تحت اللفظیش خیلی مشکل داشتم با اینکه مترجم از ترجمه های موجود در بازار ایراد گرفته بود.کتاب خوب بود. چیزایی که باید بگه رو گفته بود. مثلا اینکه داستان نویسی یاد دادنی نیست.


    7. The first of all, that i must say before that i write my review is saying, that "Art of fiction" was written by David Lodge. It is not a bad book. If "Art of fiction" had been a bad book i would have rated with two, or one star.I must recognise, that David Losdge writes rather well, and he is a perfect Professor of Literary Theory. The topics, which he speaks are well chosen. It is a good point the division of the chapters in fifty chapters. The book is really good translated to spanish.In my op [...]


    8. I’m taking another online course at Oxford University (continuing education) this fall, and one of the books we have to read for the course is this one. I knew of David Lodge already but have never read anything by him. I love reading literary critique, or whatever you would call this compilation of extracts analyzed with different literary perspectives, especially when the author of the book is also a writer and can thus appreciate and not merely analyze the texts. The book is a relatively sm [...]


    9. I've dipped into this many times during my days of teaching Creative Writing, not to use as a foundation for classes so much as backup material, or the illumination of sidelines. Lodge covers pretty good ground, and though his selection of texts is reasonable, it's not exciting – and while he's on top of his material, and his analyses of his chosen pieces are astute, again there's a kind of safety to much of it that renders these essays informative and interesting, but not exactly inspiring.If [...]


    10. كتاب رائع فى تبويبه عن فن الرواية والقصة . وقد بلغ إعجابى به أن قمت بترجمته الى العربية وصدر عن المشروع القومى للترحمة بالقاهرة.ويتقسم الكتاب الى خمسين فصلا ، يقوم المؤلف فى كل فصل بتناول ناحية خاصة فى التأليف الروائى . وقد جدد من ذلك التناول ، ففى فصل يعالج اعتماد على الرسائل [...]


    11. The Art of Fiction: Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts, David Lodge عنوان: هنر داستان‌نویسی: با نمونه‌هایی از متن‌های کلاسیک و مدرن؛ نویسنده: دیوید لاج؛ مترجم: رضا رضایی؛ تهران، نشر نی، 1391، 424 ص


    12. كتاب نقدى مهم لمحبى الرواية وجامع شبه شامل لاجناس الرواية ولاعلام الكتابة فى فصول محكمة مركزة بسيطة تعطى لك التعريف والشرح بطريقة مبسطة يستطع حتى القارىء العادى الاستمتاع به وبالامثلة المجتزئة من الروايات العالمية وبترجمة دقيقة واضحة .


    13. If you are looking for a book who teaches you the language of literature, the craftwork, so as to improve both your reading and your writing, THIS is the book you want. Based upon classic novels in the English Language, David Lodge shows you the different tools a writer serves upon to create fiction. I just LOVED it.


    14. This book originated in the early 1990's when David Lodge was invited by the Independent on Sunday to contribute a series of weekly articles in which he chose a literary topic (such as Beginnings, Mystery, A Sense of Place, Allegory or Endings) and illustrated this with one or two short extracts from relatively well-known novels. The constraint of a short weekly newspaper column has demanded that Lodge restricts his comments and analysis to the most significant elements of the passages that he h [...]


    15. David Lodge is a very clearly erudite author. These essays are interesting for his insights and thought-provoking in terms of understanding how fiction is built by smart writers. Still, Lodge's occasional forays into conversation about his own work have a smack of arrogance that left me disappointed. Also, he refers at one point to Garcia Marquez'sOne Hundred Daysof Solitude. Did no editor, in all of the reprintings of this book, notice and correct Days to Years? Or have most people not actually [...]


    16. Beyond explaining the workings of fiction to general readers, Lodge does well in laying the foundations for a student of literature's understanding of tropes like point of view. I would love to see this expanded into a weightier book – as it is, the book is a bit shallow in terms of the depth covered (though it is no fault of Prof Lodge), and perhaps the tropes of fiction summed up for general readers should've been another work.


    17. الكتاب مهم جدا الحقيقة وبيفتّح ذهنية المهتم بفن الرواية على أمثلة عملية عند روائيين وأدباء مهمين وفي نفس الوقت بيربطها بمفاهيم أكاديمية مهم ان يكون واعي ليها الكاتب او الناقد أو المهتم بدون غرض حتى مهم الإطلاع عليه طبعا وإن شابه رغبة في تأطير نظرية تخص فن الرواية وهو الأمر [...]


    18. Got me through college, man. Eventually I got my dog-eared copy signed by the man himself when he gave a talk at Warwick Uni.


    19. This is the book that taught me how to read books. It provides a comprehensive set of critical tools for the everyday reader, and since its examples all tend to make you want to read the books they come from, it also gives you an outstanding syllabus of novels to try them out on. It was a brand-new book when I bought it; now it's dated but still rock-solid. It makes me giddy to think that I could have chosen not to buy it; I think the 25 years since would have gone a lot differently.


    20. The cover of this collection of essays features a striking image by Van Gogh of a woman reading a novel. Her surroundings are strongly lit by a bright light, while she herself, her face especially, is in shadow (you can still see the anxiety in her face); the only blemish for me is the clumsily rendered fingers of her left hand.In a way this perfectly captures the impact of this non-fiction study: a lot of light is thrown on how British and American writers achieve the effects that are found in [...]



    21. This was a re-reading and I must confess that I also haven't really finished it yet, although I read almost all of it.This is not a book you should read from beginning to end. "The Art of Ficton" is a really useful book for anyone who already has learned how to do creative writing but still needs to polish the technical part of writing. When I first read it, more or less a year ago, it was a pirate .pdf copy of the book. Back then I decided to read it out of curiosity, right after reading "Chagi [...]


    22. Professor and novelist David Lodge, in plain, clear prose unadorned by the baubles and thorns of academese, explains a variety of basic literary terms and ideas using examples from (mostly) the classic novels. Sample: "Metafiction is fiction about fiction: novels and stories that call attention to their fictional status and their own compositional procedures." Each short chapter (they were originally newspaper columns) begins with a longish excerpt from literature.The book is occasionally marred [...]


    23. I simply love the way that David Lodge writes fiction so it is very fitting that he should be the one to write a book about the art of writing fiction.He's very good at writing non-fiction too. Everything he explains in this book is done so using language that is clean, clear and easy to understand, and although this book didn't inspire me to write anything (aside from this review) it did give me some good ideas of what to write about.When I actually get around to doing it that is.I'm not sure w [...]


    24. The essays are short, concise, occasionally illuminating. Great for an undergrad. But perhaps a bit undercooked for the graduate or advanced reader--it is likely that this sort of person has already encountered or understands the concepts David Lodge touches on in his essays. You also will not find many contemporary samples--lots of Austen, Henry James, Fielding, and George Eliot. All excellent writers, of course. But the reliance on them gives the essays a whiff of that musty dusty smell we've [...]


    25. A series of themes that feature in fiction. Starting with "Beginnings" and ending with "Endings."Cites a lot of classic works, but also some modern ones, and his own works, especially when he wants to talk about the writing process, which naturally, he knows better in his own works. Such as how he was stymied on a character's name until he found that Robin was sometimes a woman's name, short for Roberta.Ranges all over from Weather to Intertextuality. Tends toward the literary. Some are more int [...]


    26. some techniques and articles , of how to write and understand the Novel.Though i studied it in my major as English Literature, but i come back to it to re-read it again, because it builds a solid basic information of understanding the techniques of novel writinganks to my professor to whom i owe a great thanks for making me a great lover to this book and other similar books, Mr. Riyadh Mathkaloun


    27. Esta formado por una serie de artículos reunidos en forma de libro, que van examinando diferentes técnicas literarias.Todos tiene la misma forma, a partir de un párrafo de una obra, comenta el concepto en cuestión. A pesar de ser ligeros, me lo he pasado muy bien leyendo los diferentes recursos a los que normalmente no presto atención, concentrado como estoy en la historia.


    28. Aye aye. All pretty breezy. Good source of inspiration for future novel reading. Good to see Henry Green mentioned. Meanwhile, it's a mark of my dopiness that I have no memory of noticing that the butler in 'Remains of the Day' was a selfish, confabulating git (I just remember him as a bit wet behind the ears and lost in the past). Learn summat every day.


    29. Un libro completísimo. He tardado mucho en leerlo porque es de estos libros que puedes ir leyendo poco a poco. Mediante el análisis de pequeños fragmentos de diferentes escritos y autores, conocemos técnicas, corrientes literarias, autores desconocidos y más conocidos, estructuras, técnicas, tropos, casi todo lo concerniente al arte de escribir de una forma enormemente entretenida.


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