By Robert Adams
Fourteen exceptional new studies from the writer of A Love of Reading. Passionate, idea upsetting, and witty.
A Love of examining, the second one Collection includes 14 new stories of contemporary classics from a discriminating, hugely exciting, and prodigiously well-read guide.
In a stimulating choice, starting from Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace to Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, and from Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain to Sheri Holman’s The gown Lodger, renowned literary critic Robert Adams skilfully interweaves a nimble and enlightening dialogue of plot, subject, and characterization with attention-grabbing old, biographical, and literary context. Adams is time and again interested in the spectacle of less-than-perfect people making their manner in a opposed global, and hence his stories are a highly enjoyable mixture of wealthy pathos and plentiful humour. within the phrases of the Calgary Herald, they're “a bibliophile’s dream.”
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We have seen that Anna Karenina exemplifies an aphorism by following it with a lengthy narrative, which in turn contains examples of many short forms. Tolstoy grasped the relations of short genres to long ones better than any writer I know, and so, in my discussions of that topic, his works appear especially frequently. The present volume therefore has three goals. It offers a discussion of several fascinating short genres, the worldviews they express, and the forms with which they express them.
For Descartes, it is impossible even to imagine doubting one’s own existence. In a related rhetorical move, the author of a dictum maintains that any attempt to refute it actually confirms it. Bentham explains that “every effort we can make to throw off our subjection” to the rule of those two sovereign masters, pleasure and pain “will serve but to confirm it. ” Doubt refutes itself. Skeptics object that such reasoning often relies on alternating between two meanings of a key term. When a significant claim is to be advanced, one uses the terms “utility” and “pleasure and pain” so as to predict one choice rather than another.
At any point, many different authors have contributed to a genre’s resources of thought and expression. Particular masterpieces may therefore be interesting in two distinct ways: in their own right and as exemplars of the genre. We may read the fiction of Turgenev and Trollope as individual works or as representatives of the realist novel. There is Milton’s Paradise Lost and epic’s Paradise Lost. It is as if George Eliot wrote one Middlemarch and the genre of the realist novel wrote a double. The two works, though verbally identical, may differ in meaning.
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