The Art of Time in Fiction
As Long as It TakesBook - 2009
Draws on the examples of classic and modern literary masters to illustrate five key ways in which time unfolds in fictional writing, explaining the importance of establishing meaning through a clear end point that defines the duration of a plot. Original.
Fiction imagines for us a stopping point from which life can be seen as intelligible," asserts Joan Silber in The Art of Time in Fiction. The end point of a story determines its meaning, and one of the main tasks a writer faces is to define the duration of a plot. Silber uses wide-ranging examples from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Chinua Achebe, and Arundhati Roy, among others, to illustrate five key ways in which time unfolds in fiction. In clear-eyed prose, Silber elucidates a tricky but vital aspect of the art of fiction.