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Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ James Wood James Wood ✓ 7 review characters The Nearest Thing to Life 107 Inal section discusses fiction in the context of exile and homelessness The Nearest Thing to Life is not simply a brief tightly argued book by a man commonly regarded as our finest living critic – it is also an exhilarating personal account that reflects on and embodies the fruitful conspiracy between reader and writer and critic and asks us to re consider everything that is at stake when we read and write ficti. The essays collected in this slim volume were originally delivered as lectures They are a very personal blend of memoir and critical reflection from one of the living critics I like bestHe takes his title and epigraph from George Eliot Art is the nearest thing to life it is a mode of amplifying experience and extending our contact with our fellow men beyond the bounds of our personal lot Wood believes that the meaning of life if there is one can be found in art or specifically in literature Literature can provide us with a deep nuanced moral education because we are allowed to see the failings of others but we are not encouraged to condemn them And this is so because the others are the product of the imagination not real peopleWood is not a critic addicted to theory but to literature These thoughtful meditations on literature and its consolations explain why this excellent reader enjoys such an extraordinary authority

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Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ James Wood James Wood ✓ 7 review characters The Nearest Thing to Life 107 In this remarkable blend of memoir and criticism James Wood has written a master class on the connections between fiction and life He argues that of all the arts fiction has a uniue ability to describe the shape of our lives and to rescue the texture of those lives from death and historical oblivion The act of reading is understood here as the most sacred and personal of activities and there are brilliant discussi. Art is the nearest thing to life it is a mode of amplifying experience and extending our contact with our fellow men beyond the bounds of our personal lot George EliotGeorge Eliot has provided the perfect epigraph for James Wood s commentary on fiction and its importance in our lives specifically its importance in his life These four essays which originated as lectures at Brandeis University and the British Museum combine critical insights with memoir and it is his personal reflections that give them color and flavor Interspersed with discussions of why we read the writer s practice of serious noticing and the experience of the writer as exile or expatriate are glimpses of young James Wood in the provinces of England discovering reading and at the age of 15 picking up a remaindered book on novels and novelists in Waterloo station that will profoundly influence his life as a reader Delightful

Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ James Wood

Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ James Wood James Wood ✓ 7 review characters The Nearest Thing to Life 107 Ons of individual works – among others Chekhov’s story ‘The Kiss’ W G Sebald’s The Emigrants and Fitzgerald’s The Blue FlowerWood reveals his own intimate relationship with the written word we see the development of a provincial boy growing up in a charged Christian environment the secret joy of his childhood reading the links he makes between reading and blasphemy or between literature and music The f. Four stars mainly because he sort of reiterates a few insights that appeared in previous books Not the worst literary crime of all time and I happen to agree with them but there it is But importantly I think he has a beautifully lucid learned and accessible writing style and the way he weaves personal testimony with literary analysis always delights and instructsAnd here s my comprehensive official type review


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    Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ James Wood E–pub/E–book [The Nearest Thing to Life] In the essay Serious Noticing James Wood says that the great writers notice the details It is a Chekhovian eye for detail the ability to notice well and seriously the genius for selection that infuses a story and brings it to life He thinks of details as nothing less than bits of life sticking out of the frieze of form imploring us to touch them Karl Ove Knausgaard Chekhov Elena Ferrante Henry James Saul Bell

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    E–pub/E–book [The Nearest Thing to Life] Wood and me have always gone round and round me thinking him too too flippant about some writing I really like him going all deep haaaarvard about writings I think facile and boring Plus he’s seemed so un generous at times to wri

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    Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ James Wood James Wood ✓ 7 review characters The Nearest Thing to Life Art is the nearest thing to life; it is a mode of amplifying experience and extending our contact with our fellow men beyond the bounds of our personal lot – George EliotGeorge Eliot has provided the perfect epigraph fo

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    E–pub/E–book [The Nearest Thing to Life] characters The Nearest Thing to Life Four stars mainly because he sort of reiterates a few insights that appeared in previous books Not the worst literary crime of all time and I happen to agree with them but there it is But importantly I think he has a beautifully lucid learned and accessible writing style and the way he weaves personal testimony with literary analysis always delights and instructsAnd here's my comprehensive official type review

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    E–pub/E–book [The Nearest Thing to Life] Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ James Wood I'm certain it helped that I heard Wood give a reading of the first part of the fourth chapter I had his wonderfully lyrical voice his lilting cadence to accompany the experience of consuming his words on my own I

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    E–pub/E–book [The Nearest Thing to Life] Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ James Wood James Wood ✓ 7 review James Wood is charming weaving sentimental antidotes from his own life with uotations and allusions to the many literary works which have imp

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    E–pub/E–book [The Nearest Thing to Life] James Wood ✓ 7 review Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ James Wood The essays collected in this slim volume were originally delivered as lectures They are a very personal blend of memoir and critical reflection from one of the living critics I like bestHe takes his title and epigraph from George Eliot “Art is the nearest thing to life; it is a mode of amplifying experience and extending our contact with

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    E–pub/E–book [The Nearest Thing to Life] So literature for JW is the nearest thing to life Stories in life and literature are dynamic combinations of surplus I like this definitionLiterary criticism should not be about books but a critical retelling a way of writing through

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    James Wood ✓ 7 review Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ James Wood characters The Nearest Thing to Life Absolutely great Read it twice in one week Can't wait to read it again About life and fiction and the bridge between Made me want to sit down with him for an evening or two and just listen

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    E–pub/E–book [The Nearest Thing to Life] Summary ✓ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ James Wood James Wood ✓ 7 review “Literature like art pushes against time’s fancy—makes us insomniacs in the halls of habit offers to rescue the life of things from the dead”It is neither a coherently organized memoir nor a solid book of criticism but it is very enjoyable What can I say? I'm a sucker for James Wood because I already hold

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  • Hardcover
  • 144
  • The Nearest Thing to Life
  • James Wood
  • English
  • 21 January 2018
  • 9780224102049