Being Written: A Novel

Being Written: A Novel

by William Conescu

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ISBN-13: 9780061451348
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/09/2008
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

William Conescu's short stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, New Letters, Green Mountains Review, and other publications. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Being Written is his first novel.

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“A white-knuckle thrill ride. You simply can’t put this book down once you’ve picked it up.”

Wilton Barnhardt

“Ionesco, eat your heart out. I suppose you could argue the hero is simply nuts, but I’d rather argue that William Conescu is simply a genius!”

Zachary Lazar

“BEING WRITTEN is a first novel of great charm, imagination, and wit. Conescu is a dextrous storyteller with a gift for wicked twists and a dazzlingly urbane sense of both drama and humor.”

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Being Written: A Novel 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
readingthruthenight on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Daniel is a bit peculiar compared to most people because he realizes that he's not just a person, but a character to be used at the author's whim. How does he know this? Well, he can hear the scratching of the author's pencil of course! Which is the creative carrot that entices you in.Daniel, having a drink,hears the scratching over in the direction of this attractive woman sitting a the bar. He's fed up. Daniel no longer wishes to be a minor character, merely filling in the background scenes, he wants his own part. In fact, if he's going to be honest with himself and the author - he wants his own novel. Daniel has no other choice but to approach the woman who the author is writing about, forcing the author himself to acknowledge Daniel's presence.Thus begins Daniel's role in the lives of friends Delia, Graham, Jon, and Monty. Just because the novel is about them, does not mean that Daniel cannot maneuver himself into a stellar role. Under the guise of a writer himself, Daniel conveniently shows up in the friends' lives over and over again, until he finally establishes himself. Question is, is it the part that he's always wanted?
comtoc on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Bizarre and intriguing, William Conescu's first novel is a must-read. While it is remenicent of the movie "Stranger Than Fiction", it easily stands on its own. The basic premise of the story is that a fictional character in an author's invented world is somehow aware that he is a character, and a minor character at that. As you follows his efforts to become more central to the story, you are left feeling both curious and discomforted. As the story nears the end, you begin to wonder if the man knows a great truth about his fictional exisistence, or if he is a nut in our existence.
omphalos02 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Fascinating in concept (the main character can hear "pencil scratching" when he is being written about), the story takes a little while to actually take off. I also grew a little weary of the second person writing technique when the main character was "the voice." Still, not a bad read overall.
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