Reading Like a Writer

  • by Francine Prose
  • Narrated by Nanette Savard
  • 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this entertaining and edifying New York Times best-seller, acclaimed author Francine Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and tricks of the masters and to discover why their work has endured. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire listeners to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart; to take pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; to look to John le Carre for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue; and to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail. And, most importantly, she cautions listeners to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which all literature is crafted.


What the Critics Say

"Prose's observations are incandescent, and her examples are thrilling, ranging from Samuel Johnson to Katherine Mansfield, Flannery O'Connor, Raymond Chandler, Stanley Elkin, and Paula Fox." ( Booklist)


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I expected a series of good examples with deep analysis of what made book work or not work. There were far fewer very bad and too long examples, the analysis was typically slight, and there was too much unnecessary material.
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- Jaroslaw

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2007
  • Publisher: HarperAudio