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FREE READ Ý MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US · James Wood READ í The Nearest Thing to Life James Wood · 1 READ Inal section discusses fiction in the context of exile and homelessness The Nearest Thing to Life is not simply a brief tightly argued book by a man commonly regarded as our finest living critic – it is also an exhilarating personal account that reflects on and embodies the fruitful conspiracy between reader and writer and critic and asks us to re consider everything that is at stake when we read and write ficti. So literature for JW is the nearest thing to life Stories in life and literature are dynamic combinations of surplus I like this definitionLiterary criticism should not be about books but a critical retelling a way of writing through books And I agree with him here tooWhat Goodreads tells us about this book is taken from the back cover and summarizes very well the merits of the books I always wonder who writes those praising blurbs the editor somebody who is paid just to read and write those hooks to attract readersbuyers the author himselfherself

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FREE READ Ý MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US · James Wood READ í The Nearest Thing to Life James Wood · 1 READ In this remarkable blend of memoir and criticism James Wood has written a master class on the connections between fiction and life He argues that of all the arts fiction has a uniue ability to describe the shape of our lives and to rescue the texture of those lives from death and historical oblivion The act of reading is understood here as the most sacred and personal of activities and there are brilliant discussi. In the essay Serious Noticing James Wood says that the great writers notice the details It is a Chekhovian eye for detail the ability to notice well and seriously the genius for selection that infuses a story and brings it to life He thinks of details as nothing less than bits of life sticking out of the frieze of form imploring us to touch them Karl Ove Knausgaard Chekhov Elena Ferrante Henry James Saul Bellow are among the many writers he touches upon The essay called Why is introduced with a poignant yet clear eyed description of the memorial service of a friend s brother using that as the springboard for the uestion of why do we die Why do we live What is the point Reading fiction has as profound a role as religion He sprinkles these seeds of ideas before him striding confidently through his essay like a farmer planting out his crops for the umpteenth time He knows exactly how he wants to grow these This is a slim book Why was first published in the New Yorker Secular Homelessness was published in London Review of Books and parts of the other two Serious Noticing and Using Everything appeared in a couple of literary journals Even though I d read a couple of these essays before it was a delight to be reacuaintedIt s wonderful having a guide that so elouently notices the details of the noticers Claudette Colvin Twice Toward Justice life He argues that of all the arts fiction has a uniue ability to describe the shape of our Thrill Me Do Not Disturb lives and to rescue the texture of those Vildanden lives from death and historical oblivion The act of reading is understood here as the most sacred and personal of activities and there are brilliant discussi. In the essay Serious Noticing James Wood says that the great writers notice the details It is a Chekhovian eye for detail the ability to notice well and seriously the genius for selection that infuses a story and brings it to The Russo Japanese War 1904 1905 life He thinks of details as nothing Duffy less than bits of Art of Deception Kate Hanson #2 life sticking out of the frieze of form imploring us to touch them Karl Ove Knausgaard Chekhov Elena Ferrante Henry James Saul Bellow are among the many writers he touches upon The essay called Why is introduced with a poignant yet clear eyed description of the memorial service of a friend s brother using that as the springboard for the uestion of why do we die Why do we Flight of the Clockwork Angels live What is the point Reading fiction has as profound a role as religion He sprinkles these seeds of ideas before him striding confidently through his essay Take like a farmer planting out his crops for the umpteenth time He knows exactly how he wants to grow these This is a slim book Why was first published in the New Yorker Secular Homelessness was published in London Review of Books and parts of the other two Serious Noticing and Using Everything appeared in a couple of La figlia del podestà literary journals Even though I d read a couple of these essays before it was a delight to be reacuaintedIt s wonderful having a guide that so elouently notices the details of the noticers

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FREE READ Ý MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US · James Wood READ í The Nearest Thing to Life James Wood · 1 READ Ons of individual works – among others Chekhov’s story ‘The Kiss’ W G Sebald’s The Emigrants and Fitzgerald’s The Blue FlowerWood reveals his own intimate relationship with the written word we see the development of a provincial boy growing up in a charged Christian environment the secret joy of his childhood reading the links he makes between reading and blasphemy or between literature and music The f. Four stars mainly because he sort of reiterates a few insights that appeared in previous books Not the worst literary crime of all time and I happen to agree with them but there it is But importantly I think he has a beautifully lucid learned and accessible writing style and the way he weaves personal testimony with literary analysis always delights and instructsAnd here s my comprehensive official type review


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    E–pub The Nearest Thing to Life Wood and me have always gone round and round me thinking him too too flippant about some writing I really like him going all deep haaaarvard about writings I think facile and boring Plus he’s seemed so un generous at times to writers But then over generous to others Well I guess he’s got his reasons and this

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    James Wood · 1 READ FREE READ Ý MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US · James Wood E–pub The Nearest Thing to Life Four stars mainly because he sort of reiterates a few insights that appeared in previous books Not the worst literary crime of all time and I happen to agree with them but there it is But importantly I think he has a beautifully lucid learned and accessible writing style and the way he weaves personal testimony with literary analysis always delights and instructsAnd here's my comprehensive official type review

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    E–pub The Nearest Thing to Life READ & DOWNLOAD The Nearest Thing to Life I'm certain it helped that I heard Wood give a reading of the first part of the fourth chapter I had his wonderfully lyrical voice his lilting cadence to accompany the experience of consuming his words on my own I loved homelooseness afterwardness vignettes into Wood's life and becoming familiar with his style of literary criticism With books like these I often find myself wanting to have a discussion with John to hear his perspe

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Nearest Thing to Life James Wood · 1 READ E–pub The Nearest Thing to Life James Wood is charming weaving sentimental antidotes from his own life with uotations and allusions to the many literary

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    E–pub The Nearest Thing to Life James Wood · 1 READ FREE READ Ý MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US · James Wood The essays collected in this slim volume were originally delivered as lectures They are a very personal blend of memoir and critical reflection from one of the living critics I like bestHe takes his title and epigraph from George Eliot “Art is the nearest thing to life; it is a mode of amplifying experience and extending our contact with ou

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    E–pub The Nearest Thing to Life James Wood · 1 READ FREE READ Ý MIZUNOWAVERIDER.US · James Wood So literature for JW is the nearest thing to life Stories in life and literature are dynamic combinations of surplus I like this definitionLiterary criticism should not be about books but a critical retelling a way of writing through books And I agree with him here tooWhat Goodreads tells us about this book is t

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    E–pub The Nearest Thing to Life Absolutely great Read it twice in one week Can't wait to read it again About life and fiction and the bridge be

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  • Hardcover
  • 144
  • The Nearest Thing to Life
  • James Wood
  • English
  • 07 March 2020
  • 9780224102049