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Some novels have beginnings, middles and ends. Others meander, spiral and explode

Updated : November 22, 2019 01:58 PM IST

For a book that’s clearly driven by a passionate engagement with reading and writing, Jane Alison’s analysis can also sometimes border on the coldly statistical: the number of words, the types of repetitions, the counting of specifics.
Nowadays, the form we’re most familiar with is the arc described by Aristotle: A narrative with a well-defined beginning, middle and end.
Some novels have beginnings, middles and ends. Others meander, spiral and explode
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