A statistician ran the analysis on popular and classic books, and the results are in.
What ensues is a tragic and powerful tale of love and hate, tragedy and rebirth. Zilelian's prose is lyrical at times, but for the most part she crafts a purposely flat realism that perfectly complements her subject matter.
Watch Me Go concerns Douglas "Deesh" Sharp, who has managed to stay on the right side of the law by hauling junk for cash. But after he and two friends dispose of a sealed oil drum, Deesh finds himself betrayed, and running from the police.
For mystery, suspense and thriller novels, viewing the plot as "(almost) irrelevant" seems an extraordinary stretch. Frankly, I find that conclusion preposterous.
"less like a threat than like a family obligation." Photo of Italo Svevo "I believe that everyone in the world wants to be
No matter how beautifully written or "literary," a novel resonates deeply because the storyline tugs powerfully at us. It upsets, confounds and presents chaos, conflict, imbalance and upheaval -- either within its character's mind or circumstances.
Scheffler isn't dealing with questions of heaven or hell. He avoids theology by materializing the question of the afterlife
I just played a little free-word association and you can see where I landed: Start with secrecy -- often the excuse for spying -- and see where you end up.
If I am my father's daughter, it is because we can lose ourselves, and find ourselves, in great literature.
It's official: the end of the Easter season. Pretty soon, in fact, the church will settle in for a long summer of what it calls ordinary time. But not yet.