The Practice of Writing

The Practice of Writing

Essays, Lectures, Reviews and A Diary

Book - 1996
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First published in 1996, this is a collection of entertaining and thought-provoking essays on the relationship between creative writing, the teaching of the same and the task of dramatizing literary works for television and the stage.
Publisher: London : Secker & Warburg, 1996.
ISBN: 9780436204081
0436204088
Characteristics: xi, 340 p.

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mrmousebender
Dec 18, 2018

It would be hard for me to give anything David Lodge has written a bad grade, I like him that much. However, this one is a sort of hit-and-miss affair, unlike his book "The Art Of Fiction," which is one of the best of its kind ever.

Some of the more theory-laden pieces are too much for a general reader to grasp, although Lodge does admit this; however, there are pieces like the rehearsal diary of his play "The Writing Game" that are comprehensible but kind of dull.

As always, though, there is ever more to admire than condemn in his books, and even the very theory-laden analysis of Harold Pinter's sketch "The Last To Go" is interesting to read. (Pinter himself apparently found it baffling, as well he might, because by his own account he was a completely intuitive writer. When he read it, he wasn't even sure if Lodge was making fun of him or not.)

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