REBLOGGING Alexander’s interesting post about just what IS a novel. What do you think a novel is? A collection of words and chapters that tell a tale? Or a look into someone else’s very life?
The question that forms the title of this post may seem simple to answer; yet, is it?
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I can imagine a few answers from certain folks:
“A thick book with a story in it.”
“A continuous narrative of at least 50,000 words.”
“What a dumb question—everybody knows what a novel is.”
The only problem is that many novelists would disagree with those answers; and, many other answers to the question.
“Readers, I think, are often led astray by the widespread belief that a novel springs from a single originating ‘idea’, and then are kept astray by the critical practice of discussing fiction as completely accessible to intellect, a rational presentation of ideas by means of an essentially ornamental narrative.”
The “ornamental narrative” of that quote…
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