The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes

The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes

by Joan Silber
     
 

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Fiction imagines for us a stopping point from which life can be seen as intelligible," asserts Joan Silber in The Art of Time in Fiction. The end point of a story determines its meaning, and one of the main tasks a writer faces is to define the duration of a plot. Silber uses wide-ranging examples from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chinua Achebe, and Arundhati Roy,

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Fiction imagines for us a stopping point from which life can be seen as intelligible," asserts Joan Silber in The Art of Time in Fiction. The end point of a story determines its meaning, and one of the main tasks a writer faces is to define the duration of a plot. Silber uses wide-ranging examples from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chinua Achebe, and Arundhati Roy, among others, to illustrate five key ways in which time unfolds in fiction. In clear-eyed prose, Silber elucidates a tricky but vital aspect of the art of fiction.

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Library Journal
In this slim volume—part of a series that explores aspects of creative writing (e.g., Donald Revell's The Art of Attention; Charles Baxter's The Art of Subtext)—novelist Silber (The Size of the World) divides time into five categories (classic time, long time, switchback time, slowed time, and fabulous time). She examines the novels or short stories of many disparate authors and how they use the concepts of time to advance their plots, create mood, or show character development. Silber's writing is clear and direct, and her choice of exemplary authors apt. VERDICT While this study (and the eight others in the series) is geared to aspiring fiction writers or poets, it will also be of interest to nonwriters who are fascinated by literature and how the enjoyment of works of art can be enhanced by knowing how authors use techniques to make their works effective.—Morris Hounion, New York City Coll. of Technology Lib., CUNY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555975302
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Series:
Art of... Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
494,019
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Joan Silber is the author of six books of fiction, including The Size of the World. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, NY
Date of Birth:
June 14, 1945
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey
Education:
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1967; M.A., New York University, 1980

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