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Aspects of the Novel by E. M. Forster


by E. M. Forster
A lazy afternoon’s reading


This book is an enjoyable monograph about fiction writing. While entertaining, it doesn’t contain practical advice nor does the author take much time to describe his work or writing process. I believe this book will appeal mostly to academics or those who would take pleasure in whiling away an afternoon with an affable writer.

One insight I found very helpful was a suggestion for interpreting the work of Gertrude Stein. Forster describes the process by which she attempted to destroy time in a novel. I had never understood Stein’s writing and this theory seems to provide an effective window through which to view her work.