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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555975302
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Series: Art of...
Edition description: Original
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 389,928
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About 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.


New York, NY

Date of Birth:

June 14, 1945

Place of Birth:

Newark, New Jersey


B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 1967; M.A., New York University, 1980

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The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long as It Takes 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Davidgnp on LibraryThing 10 months ago
The subtitle of Joan Silber's book is 'As Long As It Takes', and in this case the answer is not very long; not much over 100 pages, about novella size. Not that I weigh my books to see if I'm getting my full dollar (or £8 in my money), but it's a consideration. Much more importantly, how much value is there in those 100-odd pages? How much insight? How much originality? How many times did I nod my head and smile; or take a note? Well, here and there, but less than I would have liked. The writing is excellent when she gets to the observational stuff, but for me it was over-leavened by too many prosaic synopses, too often of books I haven't read (and I recognise that's my lack, not Ms Silber's). However, the book really came to life for me with the superb chapter on Slowed Time, with a couple of fabulous examples and crackling commentary. That section alone is worth my hard-earned cash.