A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

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One doesnt have to agree with him to find the book useful, and I like the way he modestly says 'this is not "the right way," but only a way to see these stories. George Saunders, conocido sobre todo como escritor de relatos cortos, ha sido profesor de escritura creativa en la Universidad de Syracuse durante los últimos 20 años, un programa que incluye un “popular” curso sobre relatos breves rusos del siglo XIX.

Saunders nunca ha encontrado especialmente útiles conceptos como “tema”, “argumento”, “desarrollo de personajes” o “estructura”, tan comunes en los cursos de escritura creativa. If we want to make good structure, we just have to be aware of what question we are causing reader to ask, then answer that question.

The tone is knowledgeable but casual — Saunders invites his students and readers to disagree with him (to employ their own “shit detectors” and trust their own tastes) — and I ended this book feeling both educated and entertained; it receives my highest recommendation. What does it mean in a story about the meaning of life that the characters are (more or less) happy in the end? This process would certainly help writing students to understand the mechanics of the story and its construction, but it didn’t make for an enjoyable reading experience and I was happy to discover that each of the ensuing stories is included in full before Saunders begins to analyse them (this seems a peevish complaint but I’m including it merely as a warning for anyone else who may be turned off at that point; do carry on. Here was her past and her present, and she could imagine no other future than the school, the road to the town and back … ” Saunders begins to speculate forwards, as any reader is bound to.

Thus, Saunders' analysis of "how it's built" or "how the story works" could as easily fascinate a student of reading as a student of writing.Not so sure anymore, of my views, and reminded that my view-maker is always a little bit off: it’s limited, it’s too easily satisfied, with too little data. I come away from this book delighted with having had this time spent with close reading of this brilliant text, shared with a magnificent mind that is Saunders.

The poet proves that language is inadequate by throwing herself at the fence of language and being bound by it. There's a mix of classic Russian stories, commentary that helped me think about what about the stories is working and how, and larger thoughts on writing fiction that always felt generous and helpful without getting pushy.I have sometimes wished to be like those who could live their lives by a creed; those who decided to give their lives to a single religious precept and live every day under that credo; those who marry one person and live together for the rest of their lives. George Saunders has been teaching a class at Syracuse University about the Russian short story, and this book, this very unique book, is his class.



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