Reading Style: A Life in Sentences

Reading Style: A Life in Sentences


A professor, critic, and insatiable reader, Jenny Davidson investigates the passions that force us to fall in love with sure sentences over others and the bigger implications of our dating with writing variety. right away playful and critical, immersive and analytic, her booklet indicates how type elicits specific forms of ethical judgments and subjective personal tastes that flip analyzing right into a hugely own and political act.

Melding her studies as reader and critic, Davidson opens new vistas onto works through Jane Austen, Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Pynchon; provides richer size to evaluations of W. G. Sebald, Alan Hollinghurst, Thomas Bernhard, and Karl Ove Knausgaard; and makes it possible for a worldly appreciation of renowned fictions by means of Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lionel Shriver, George Pelecanos, and Helen DeWitt. She privileges diction, syntax, viewpoint, and constitution over plot and personality, picking out the intimate mechanics that draw us in to literature's sensual frameworks and circulation us to consider, determine, and relate. Davidson concludes with a analyzing checklist of her favourite titles so others can percentage in her literary adventures and get to understand higher the imprint of her personal examining style.

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