[Ebook] How to Read a Novelist By John Freeman – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk

How to Read a Novelist John Freeman, Author And Editor Of Granta Magazine, Has Interviewed Nearly Every Name In Fiction And The Literary World In This Collection Freeman Has Compiled The Most Insightful And Fascinating Of His Interviews, Essays And ArticlesIn How To Read A Novelist We Encounter Paul Theroux On The State Of Sex In America, Margaret Atwood As Inventor, John Updike As Relationship Advisor And Geoff Dyer As England S Hippest Middle Aged Novelist, Among Many Others Including Jonathan Safran Foe, Philip Roth, Doris Lessing, Toni Morrison, David Foster Wallace, A S Byatt And Peter Carey


10 thoughts on “How to Read a Novelist

  1. says:

    How to Read a Novelist is a collection of interviews conducted by John Freeman with a variety of contemporary authors over a period of 10 years Some of the writers are Haruki Murakami, Aleksandr Hemon, and John Updike Each interview is preceded by a short introduction describing the writer and his or her works The interview itself is two or three pages The focus of the interview is as varied as the writer being interviewed.I found this an ideal book to have around for when I only have a few How to Read a Novelist is a collection of interviews conducted by John Freeman with a variety of contemporary authors over a period of 10 years Some of the writers are Haruki Murakami, Aleksandr Hemon, and John Updike Each interview is preceded by a short introduction describing the writer and his or her works The interview itself is two or three pages The focus of the interview is as varied as the writer being interviewed.I found this an ideal book to have around for when I only have a few minutes to read I hate to miss any opportunity The only problem is that once I started reading, I didn t want to stop.The interviews were filled with fascinating quotes and interesting apercus I strongly recommend the book for anyone who loves books and authors


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    There are real dangers to reading a book like this the biggest being the length that your TBR can grow to I have taken an oath to not make my TBR any longer than it is so I have had to add a new exclusive shelf just for the books I want to read from this book And NOOOOOO this is not cheating I am sitting with bated breath waiting for the first of these to arrive but lets get back to this book.I am not sure it gives me great tips on writing or literary style there are some interesting quo There are real dangers to reading a book like this the biggest being the length that your TBR can grow to I have taken an oath to not make my TBR any longer than it is so I have had to add a new exclusive shelf just for the books I want to read from this book And NOOOOOO this is not cheating I am sitting with bated breath waiting for the first of these to arrive but lets get back to this book.I am not sure it gives me great tips on writing or literary style there are some interesting quotes from authors sprinkled throughout and some interesting facts about how they write but i suspect writing is muchdiverse an occupation than be covered in a book like this I enjoyed the potted biographies and one tip about re reading books has inspired me to think about giving books a second go


  3. says:

    Full disclosure John Freeman is a friend How To Read A Novelist by John Freeman is a warmly written review of modern literature In the last 15 years, John has interviewed the literati and rising lit stars of our generation, a contemporary canon, from Salman Rushdie to David Mitchell to Margaret Atwood to Doris Lessing to Haruki Murakami to Mohsin Hamid and so on If someone has published something marvelous in the last decade and half, chances are John has met its author on intimate and lit Full disclosure John Freeman is a friend How To Read A Novelist by John Freeman is a warmly written review of modern literature In the last 15 years, John has interviewed the literati and rising lit stars of our generation, a contemporary canon, from Salman Rushdie to David Mitchell to Margaret Atwood to Doris Lessing to Haruki Murakami to Mohsin Hamid and so on If someone has published something marvelous in the last decade and half, chances are John has met its author on intimate and literary terms HtRaN is a collection of his interviews essays, and not only do they give cultural, historical, political, feminist, and literary context, they are beautifully written, giving a sense of not just the author, but what their books might mean to us, and thismysterious thing, what their work means to themselves What it means to be a writer, and in turn, a reader I love John s language and his articulate and encompassing perspective Take for example his description of Edmund White as having a gentle colossal intelligence, his writing with rivetless construction, as if it were built in a wind tunnel How inventive, and how clear, all at once I would have liked the essays to be longer andin depth I know there s muchthat John could have written, but perhaps some of that depth was sacrificed for the incredible range of writers reviewed The good thing about that is if you have a short attention span like I do, then you will be able to rip through the essays right quick That all said, the essays in HtRaN will give you a window into the work and world of your favourite contemporary author, and perhaps inspiration to pick up something new


  4. says:

    This is no James Wood , or John Sutherland , or Thomas C Foster , or Mortimer Adler sort of how to book It s a collection of super short previously published overviews of 50 well known authors careers attached to re worked interviews conversations Freeman has conducted since the early 2000s It contains standard biographical data that only someone very young and or completely unfamiliar with contemporary fiction would find new, and much of Freeman s writing was stale, trite, and hackneye This is no James Wood , or John Sutherland , or Thomas C Foster , or Mortimer Adler sort of how to book It s a collection of super short previously published overviews of 50 well known authors careers attached to re worked interviews conversations Freeman has conducted since the early 2000s It contains standard biographical data that only someone very young and or completely unfamiliar with contemporary fiction would find new, and much of Freeman s writing was stale, trite, and hackneyed While she writes much of enclosed communities, Toni Morrison s community of readers has been expanding, especially since Oprah Winfrey chose a book of Morrison s not once, not twice, but four times for her book club And, on David Foster Wallace s use of a fork rather than chopsticks in a Manhattan sushi bar Many readers would be inclined to forgive this culinary lapse because of Wallace s genius Indeed, in a city not often cowed by literary reputations, the air flickers when he blows into town I don t really think it s a culinary lapse Why the Indeed And why does the air flicker I don t know


  5. says:

    This fun and informative collection of author interviews hit my sweet spot John Freeman introduces each author interview with an insightful summary of the author s work to date, and the essays are as diverse as the people being interviewed The essays are short, but this is not a book to read in one sitting Dip in and out Read up on your fave authors first, or start at with authors new to you This is a book I will certainly dip into again Most of the authors interviewed were not new to me, This fun and informative collection of author interviews hit my sweet spot John Freeman introduces each author interview with an insightful summary of the author s work to date, and the essays are as diverse as the people being interviewed The essays are short, but this is not a book to read in one sitting Dip in and out Read up on your fave authors first, or start at with authors new to you This is a book I will certainly dip into again Most of the authors interviewed were not new to me, but there where several I had not heard of before Oh and yes, my TBR pile just got longer Thanks John


  6. says:

    These essay interviews provide a great introduction to unfamiliar authors or ain depth look at well known literary giants Be aware that there are several factual inaccuracies such as birth years This book could work as inspiration for writers or a book list for readers.


  7. says:

    Was my to read list expanded thanks to this book Obviously.I gained insight into a lot of authors I knew in these short interviews, and I also learned about authors who might not have been on my radar and who I m now eager to check out.


  8. says:

    Entertaining and useful book of short pieces about well known writers or full review go to Entertaining and useful book of short pieces about well known writers or full review go to


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    Useful.


  10. says:

    I really, really enjoyed this book, which is full of short portraits of about 50 authors from interviews that John Freeman has done over the years Freeman is himself quite an excellent writer, which significantly enhances the experience of learning about the authors in question I especially enjoyed the interviews of John Irving one of my favorite authors, although Freeman seems to subtly communicate that he is less than impressed with him and Susanna Clarke another favorite her interview I really, really enjoyed this book, which is full of short portraits of about 50 authors from interviews that John Freeman has done over the years Freeman is himself quite an excellent writer, which significantly enhances the experience of learning about the authors in question I especially enjoyed the interviews of John Irving one of my favorite authors, although Freeman seems to subtly communicate that he is less than impressed with him and Susanna Clarke another favorite her interview is particularly well written and clever This book is best read in small increments for maximum enjoyment, and is particularly great if you re looking for some new authors to enjoy I got a lot of new recommendations from his interviews


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