(PDF/EBOOK) [Faulks On Fiction] BY Sebastian Faulks
I found this companion interesting inspiring and informative since Sabastian Faulks an illustrious novelist himself I m sorry I haven t yet read his famous Birdsong has portrayed different views regarding the four major characters that is Heroes Lovers Snobs and Vallains based on those twenty ight great British novels seven in Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas each category In other wordsach character presumably deserves readers similar attention my motive is that I should read any character at random according to my familiarityTherefore I started with my first two favorites that is Winston Smith Heroes no 4 and Jean Brodie Snobs no 5 because I read Nineteen Eighty Four and The Prime of Miss 5 because I read Nineteen Eighty Four and The Prime of Miss Brodie some 40 years ago Reading these two characters as seen by such an author with literary stature delighted me with his uniue ways of looking at The Magic Rolling Pin each character s backgrounds contexts as well as any hidden agenda I hadn t perceived or realized before For instance I found this sentence rewarding Winston Smith is a new kind of hero one who loses p 79 because this implies any hero who loses can be a hero which is a new paradigm shift in that we tend to assume anyone who loses can t be a hero at all heshe simply is a loser forver In other words such a loser can be a hero if heshe can persist keep going and do one s best for the good of those around himher the community and the nationMoreover I found this bitter Her tragedy is that she turns out not to be a leader in the ranks of an Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, enlightened culture but the victim of self delusion and of forces she has not understood p 252 because this informs us why she Miss Jean Brodie can t be a leader and we rembittered by her possessing such self delusion One of the reasons is that she s grief stricken by the death of her fiance in Flanders and just imagine if we had to face a situation like that ourselvesIn short this character anthology is for those keen novel readers who long to know in depth viewsbackgrounds related to their readfamiliar ones I mean reading those unfamiliar ones is a bit tedious and I think futile since it s like reading them in the dark I somehow missed the TV series that accompanies the book but it s probably best to read about literary characters rather than watch a programme about them This made me want to reread some novels I haven t read for some time and read others I ve never got round to Great Expectations Raj uartet I was a little taken aback by Faulks reading of The Golden Notebook which I read in my Not Without a Fight early 20s and found moving and thought provoking I ve never dared reread it since and now I don t think Iver will Faulks makes what could have been rather arid material Garden Bouquets and Beyond easy to read and informative Interesting ramble through the history of fiction in English madentertaining by being Faulks particular take on the novels and characters and interspersed with his own anecdotes Doesn t pretend to be comprehensive and divides characters into heroes villains lovers and snobs which in some cases is a bit arbitrary but provides the book with structure My list of books to reread and seek out has got rather longer as a result of reading this which is no bad thing. The publication of Robinson Crusoe in London in 1719 marked the arrival of a revolutionary art form the novel British writers were prominent in shaping the new type of storytelling one which reflected the The Unseen Wonder experiences of ordinary people with characters in whom readers could find not only anscape but a deeper understanding of their own livesBut the novel was than just a reflection of British life As Sebastian Faulks The Management Bible explains in thisngaging literary and soc.
FREE DOWNLOAD ¼ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¶ Sebastian FaulksY heart of it s natural beat and puts something too mechanical in its place Did all these writers observe a literary method or were their talents deconstructed to stablish a science Head or heart I don t feel I want to know the answer yet Faulks is relentless and of course don t feel I want to know the answer yet Faulks is relentless and
Of Course S Nocourse s no writer himselfI imagine great writers read a lot so there must be a degree of theft and so the literary canon must be built on some structural foundation yet I want to believe there is a randomness in the way writers mergeOn that level this can be a hard read I really Sleepless (Bird of Stone, enjoyed listening to Faulks chatting about books I d read He s an unabashed fan of the character driven novel and this book traces how fictional characters have traced thevolution of the modern Briton This book that Sebastian Faulks himself would have preferred calling Novel People was published as a companion to a four part BBC programme I haven t seen the programme but ven without that I d recommend it over the book In the series Faulks travels to different locations and talks to authors and critics about the four themesgroups of characters also represented in the book heroes lovers snobs and villains In the book though all we get are basically brief summaries of some of the main characters that for Faulks represent those four types for xample heroes Robinson Crusoe Sherlock Holmes lovers Mr Darcy Constance Chatterley snobs Emma Woodhouse Jeeves villains Fagin Ronald Merrick all in all seven characters per type The summaries are too short to provide much space for critical reflection For those books I d read I thought they didn t say anything for the books I hadn t read they spoil too much but still don t give too clear an idea Here and there are some stories of Faulks own reading xperience but they are unable to add much in the limited amount of space per characterAll in all this is not a book I d recommend Please turn to Faulks other generally brilliant work such as Birdsong A Week in December and others or see if the BBC TV programme is interesting Faulks on Fiction Great British Characters and the Secret Life of the Novel by Sebastian Faulks 10 out of 10When a reader finds a writer that he or she loves it is only natural to try to read of the same author and this is what happened to the undersigned when he finished Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks xcellent writer has a BBC series on fiction divided into Invisible (The Curse of Avalon episodes about The Lover The Villain The Hero The Snob which you can find on the internet and the book in uestion here is in fact an adjunct if not an afterthought of the landmark television program For the undersigned the interesting amusing passages have related to the books he hasnjoyed trying to keep the attention to a minimum when works that he intends to read where discussed since there seem to be together with valuable insight and creative insight some spoiler alertsfor instance Sebastia The master novelist on the art of writing and the style of some of the greatest novelists This is a celebration of the greatest characters to be created in British literature Faulks comes across as a fan I really njoyed his thoughts on Jeev. St born into tragedy runs away to London with the naive hope for a brighter future In this classic Dickens graphically conjures up the capital's underworld full of prostitutes thieves and lost and homeless children The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins Marian and her sister Laura live a uiet life under their uncle's guardianship until Laura's marriage to Sir Percival Glyde a man of many secrets Can she be protected from a mysterious and potentially fatal plot. Having no doubt that Sebastian Faulks is better read intelligent
"And Certainly Better Ualified Than Myself To "certainly better ualified than myself to on the novel I feel a tad reticent about holding forth but I shall I did njoy I feel a tad reticent about holding forth but I shall I did njoy trawl through British novels ranging from the gargantuan and in my case severely unread Clarissa by Samuel Richardson to the gross and foul Money by Martin Amis Twenty ight novels by twenty six novelists are divided into seven books for the four themes of Hero Lover Villain and Snob It is a fascinating reflection though I suppose as is inevitable in a book which needs to be readable or at least holdable one has to restrict the number of works reflected upon Some of the novelists chosen or maybe to the point those not chosen surprised me and then the works chosen appeared to me a tad Deep Listening eccentric but then as Faulks himself says in his section on Sherlock Holmes making lists or choices are never going to be universally applaudedThe four themes were cleverly chosen though as I read I did wonder whether a linking theme to all four could not have been a fifth one of Victim In many of the novels chosen a glance at the work from the position of the one crushed or rejected or misunderstood would have opened out society s understanding of itself through the novelist s work in just as powerful a way if not so Again recognizing that is was Faulk s book and not mine I know it might appear churlish but it did aggravate me that he stated his opinions and ideas seemingly as universals So forxample in his discussion of Vanity Fair which as a book I love Faulks insists on saying on a number of occasions how veryone roots for Becky Sharp and is rather dismissive of Amelia Sedley and Dobbin We all feel this he tells us this is a universalno Sebastian its not Not in this corner of the world anyway This might seem a small whinge and indeed it is an unimportant detail xcept it was repeated in other sections concerning other books This grated on me because whilst wanting to hear the opinions of a far wiser and articulate man I did not want to feel that my own opinions or ideas were of no conseuence unless they chimed perfectly with hisHaving said all that I did find the whole thing very interesting Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature easy to read amusing and it did succeed in opening out aspects of novels I had not been aware of before It seems to me that there are at least two sides to Sebastian Faulks On one hand there s the genius writer of fantastic books like Birdsong and The Girl at the Lion d Or which are If it is your intention to write the next great literary fiction this collection of great character critiues is undoubtedly instructional though it mightually put you off ver putting pen to paper againI m not uite sure whether science becomes art or whether art can be disassembled into a series of uite deliberate and reproducible steps uite clearly we would all love to be talented but most of us are notIt is crushingly obvious the writers here are hugely talented Faulks shows us how the characters work and if ach piece of observational brilliance on the part of the writer was as pre conceived as Faulks would appear to imply it robs Ial history it also helped invent the British By focusing not on writers but on the people they gave us Faulks not only celebrates the recently neglected act of novelistic creation but shows how the most Trajan enduring fictional characters over the centuries have helped map the British psyche In thisbook Sebastian celebrates the greatest villains in fiction from Fagin to Barbara CovettAlso included are two classic novelsOliver Twist by Charles Dickens Oliver Twi.