The Author Allowed Us To Merge With His Character

The sentence pulsates, moves in and out, toward the character and away from her—when we reach “huddled” we are reminded that an author allowed us to merge with his character, that the author’s magniloquent style is the envelope within which this generous contract is carried.

Goodreads.com. (2019). James Wood Quotes (Author of The Myth of Sisyphus). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/26341.James_Wood [Accessed 1 Nov. 2019].

Refuse To Give Posterity Good Dreams

Some writers refuse to lay their heads peaceably on the pillow of literary history in order to give posterity good dreams.

Goodreads.com. (2019). James Wood Quotes (Author of The Myth of Sisyphus). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/26341.James_Wood [Accessed 1 Nov. 2019].

Authorial Flagging Unreliably

We know that the narrator is being unreliable because the author is alerting us, through reliable manipulation, to that narrator’s unreliability. A process of authorial flagging is going on; the novel teaches us how to read its narrator. Unreliably.

Goodreads.com. (2019). James Wood Quotes (Author of The Myth of Sisyphus). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/26341.James_Wood [Accessed 1 Nov. 2019].

The Self-Reality Of Fictional Characters Is Deeply Engrossing

In real life, the fact that something seems real to someone is not enough to interest us, or to convince us that that reality is interesting. But the self-reality of fictional characters is deeply engrossing, which is why villains are lovable in literature in ways that they are not in life.

Goodreads.com. (2019). James Wood Quotes (Author of The Myth of Sisyphus). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/26341.James_Wood [Accessed 1 Nov. 2019].