However, my greatest reservation is that Wood seems to be limiting the subject-matter of fiction to a form of realism that sets out the "inwardness [of the] human case".
This book marks the debut of a masterly literary voice. While most reviewers tend to fall back on preconceived notions of good style, based mainly on their desire not to be challenged by fiction, Wood stands out for his desire to re-mint critical thought.
Some writers can achieve this outcome with highly distilled prose he uses the drama of Beckett as his example. As for the human case, we see Holly grow through six phases of life in a manner that is detailed enough to stand alone without the supernatural plot. Would anybody cease to believe in a Christian God, if their belief in the Gospels was undermined?
He also forces you to reconsider what it is we mean when we say that a novel is real, is true, is great.
Others dilute their prose with detail. At the same time: He has the capacity to alert you all over again to the wonder of a single cadence, pulled out of the heart of a novel.
Belief in the Gospel Truth Equally, does the perceived fiction of the Gospels impact on the underlying belief in God? Narrative corrugates belief, puts bends and twists in it.
It was agreed, that my endeavours should be directed to persons and characters supernatural, or at least romantic, yet so as to transfer from our inward nature a human interest and a semblance of truth sufficient to procure for these shadows of imagination that willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.
Wood seems to limit the scope of fiction to realism, or at least to pour scorn on fantasy. A narrative appears to be a communication between an express or implied author and a reader.
I would have thought the questioning of the Gospels would be more of a threshold issue: His ability to transform complex, anxious thought into lucid, exciting prose is everywhere present in this wonderful book, as is an atmos-phere of civility, good sense, and justice.
There is no more, really, that we can ask of a critic. Realism is not a prerequisite of fiction. They were therefore supposed to be incontrovertible truth. Thus, Wood asserts, truth can be found in a book, even if it is badly written.Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief at ultimedescente.com Read honest and.
James Wood’s The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief by Benjamin Anastas. Part of the Editor's Choice series. James Wood’s The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief by Benjamin Anastas Central to Wood’s reading of literature is his notion of the “broken estate,” as elaborated in the final essay, a four-part.
Get this from a library! The broken estate: essays on literature and belief. [James Wood] -- In a series of essays, Wood relates the work of a number of prominent authors to questions of religious and philosophical belief. The Broken Estate: Essays on Literature and Belief by James Wood Published when he was thirty-three, The Broken Estate is the first book of essays by the man who would become one of America's most esteemed literary critics.
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