The publication of Robinson Crusoe in London in 1719 marked the arrival of a revolutionary art form the novel British writers were prominent in shaping the new type of storytelling one which reflected the experiences of ordinary people, with characters in whom readers could find not only an escape, but a deeper understanding of their own lives But the novel was The publication of Robinson Crusoe in London in 1719 marked the arrival of a revolutionary art form the novel British writers were prominent in shaping the new type of storytelling one which reflected the experiences of ordinary people, with characters in whom readers could find not only an escape, but a deeper understanding of their own lives But the novel was than just a reflection of British life As Sebastian Faulks explains in this engaging literary and social history, it also helped invent the British By focusing not on writers but on the people they gave us, Faulks not only celebrates the recently neglected act of novelistic creation but shows how the most enduring fictional characters over the centuries have helped map the British psyche through heroes from Tom Jones to Sherlock Holmes, lovers from Mr Darcy to Lady Chatterley, villains from Fagin to Barbara Covett and snobs from Emma Woodhouse to James Bond Also included in this fantastic ebook package are four free classic novels Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe The legendary story of a marine adventurer shipwrecked on a desert island.Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Accomplished Elizabeth Bennett must navigate a web of familial obligations and social expectations in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, enmity and love Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Pip s life as an ordinary country boy is destined to be unexceptional until a chain of mysterio
Faulks on Fiction Includes FREE Vintage Classics Great British Characters and the Secret Life of the Novel The publication of Robinson Crusoe in London in marked the arrival of a revolutionary art form the novel British writers were prominent in shaping the new type of storytelling one which reflected
I really enjoyed listening to Faulks chatting about books I d read He s an unabashed fan of the character driven novel and this book traces how fictional characters have traced the evolution of the modern Briton.
Having no doubt that Sebastian Faulks is better read, intelligent and certainly better qualified than myself to comment on the novel I feel a tad reticent about holding forth but I shall I did enjoy this trawl through British novels ranging from the gargantuan and in my case severely unread Clarissa by Samuel Richardson to the gross and foul Money by Martin Amis Twenty eight novels by twenty six novelists are divided into seven books for the four themes of Hero, Lover, Villain and Snob It is a [...]
I found this companion interesting, inspiring and informative since Sabastian Faulks, an illustrious novelist himself I m sorry I haven t yet read his famous Birdsong has portrayed different views regarding the four major characters, that is, Heroes, Lovers, Snobs and Vallains based on those twenty eight great British novels, seven in each category In other words, each character presumably deserves readers similar attention, my motive is that I should read any character at random according to my [...]
This book was published as a companion piece to a BBC television series which I ve not seen In it, Faulks considers twenty eight characters from literature, and comments on them The characters are split into types heroes, lovers, snobs and villains And within each group, he considers a well known character from a famous novel Some of the choices are obvious Sherlock Holmes as a hero, Constance Chatterley as a lover, Fagin as a villain Some are a bit odd James Bond as a snob although given the us [...]
I somehow missed the TV series that accompanies the book, but it s probably best to read about literary characters rather than watch a programme about them This made me want to reread some novels I haven t read for some time, and read others I ve never got round to Great Expectations, Raj Quartet I was a little taken aback by Faulks reading of The Golden Notebook which I read in my early 20s and found moving and thought provoking I ve never dared reread it since, and now I don t think I ever wil [...]
This book that Sebastian Faulks himself would have preferred calling Novel People was published as a companion to a four part BBC programme I haven t seen the programme, but even without that, I d recommend it over the book In the series, Faulks travels to different locations and talks to authors and critics about the four themes groups of characters also represented in the book heroes, lovers, snobs, and villains In the book, though, all we get are basically brief summaries of some of the main [...]
Interesting ramble through the history of fiction in English, made entertaining by being Faulks particular take on the novels and characters and interspersed with his own anecdotes Doesn t pretend to be comprehensive and divides characters into heroes, villains, lovers and snobs which in some cases is a bit arbitrary but provides the book with structure My list of books to reread and seek out has got rather longer as a result of reading this which is no bad thing
Not very insightful, and Faults has a habit of making blanket statements as though everyone universally agrees with them E.g mr Darcy has depression, is attracted to Elizabeth because she can lift him out of it, like a human Prozac pill Odd interpretation Not offensive, just peculiar, and certainly not a universal consensus on the character of Darcy.
I was quite disappointed with this, alas My video review can be found here youtube watch time_co
This book explores 4 types of literary characters heroes, lovers, snobs and villains by discussing 7 examples per type Faulks limited himself to British novels from the 18th century till now because otherwise the selection would have been even impossible to make I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book When he analyzed a book I had already read, his thoughts helped deepen my understanding of the novel and offered new insights For example, his view of the love between Elizabeth and D [...]
This was a real pleasure to read, and its a book I may return to in a few years when I ve read of the books Faulks covers here I found it thought provoking in a number of places, and it has sparked my interest in reading or re reading some of these classics of British literature Faulks neatly places each book in its historical and literary context, reflecting on connections and broader cultural meaning The most pleasurable thing, though, is that the treatment remains essentially human, explorin [...]
As there were some books that I didn t know anything about I had to skip those chapters I shall come back and read them when I have Robinson Crusoe readTom Jones skippedBecky Sharp skippedSherlock Holmes readWinston Smith readJim Dixon skippedJohn Self skippedMr Darcy readHeathcliff skippedTess Durbeyfield skippedConstance Chatterley skippedMaurice Bendrix skippedAnna Wulf skippedNick Guest skippedEmma Woodhouse skippedPip skippedCharles Pooter skippedJeeves skippedJean Brodie readJames Bond rea [...]
Though ostensibly a tie in with the BBC series of the same name, this 11 hour long audio book delves much deeper into the heart of the history of the English novel than the television programmes, and the tone is far dryer and academic.Focussing firmly on plot, character and writing rather than writers , Faulks on Fiction is pretty much what it says on the tin It is a highly personal look at what makes a great novel No one with an opinion is likely to agree with all or indeed, any of Faulks opin [...]
I really enjoyed the interesting way in which Sebastian Faulks explored the development of the novel through comparing heros, villans, snobs and lovers The relaxed but informative discussion made me want to revisit some old favourites Robinson Crusoe and The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, helped me decide definitely against Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady and The Golden Notebook and encouraged me to seek out Mr Norris Changes Trains Faulks analysis of Jeeves and James Bond as snobs [...]
A wonderfully insightful book by someone who obviously loves fiction For anything you have read you will find lovely descriptions of your thoughts, placed in context of so many books you are yet to be acquainted with My appetite has been whetted for every discovery in this book and few old enemies may get a re read.My aha moment with this book came when he got on to Hardy who I have always found hard to place in reading, many of his books where tried and given up in my youth, and he puts his fin [...]
This book purports to be an overview of characters from Great British Fiction , and includes vignettes of Robinson Crusoe to James Bond, Pip to Jeeves and Emma to Clarissa There are some discussions about how they represent different archetypes of protagonists From hero to villain and snob etc , but most of the book is a prolonged discussion about how various Victorian characters had or didn t have sex Which gets a bit tedious.Faulks is also needlessly banging his own drum There is a long segmen [...]
Faulks on Fiction was a great read, particularly for an english major like myself He provides the perfect balance of summary and analysis of some of the greatest British characters and novels The book is divided into sections Heroes, Lovers, Snobs and Villains, and contains an assortment of our favourite fictional people Mr Darcy, Heathcliff, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, Emma Woodhouse, Jeeves and Becky Sharp, to name but a few Further, the selection was particularly diverse female lovers, gay c [...]
Based on a BBC 2 series, the main interest of this book is dependent on the reader having read the novels in question Having said that, some of the characters are so well known Mr Darcy and James Bond, for example that their respective chapters are worth reading about, even if you haven t read the books in question That being said, for me the most satisfying aspect of the book was to read about the individuals from less well known books Steerpike and Ronald Merrick come to mind In this way the b [...]
An interesting ramble I seem to have missed the TV series, I don t even remember it being on The main thing I got from this book is the growth of the cult of the writer as personality He s right That night, I taped a programme that said it was about Frankenstein and Dracula, which I m interested in, and it turned out to be a dramatic reconstruction of events at the Villa Forgotten the Name where the books were written, which doesn t interest me at all Especially with luvvies with blank well fed [...]
I enjoyed reading this book a lot although the Darcy analysis made me giggle a little Mr Falks seems almost jealous of Mr Darcy, basically deciding that he was nothing but a morose depressive who needed Elizabeth in lieu of popping anti depressant pills Mr Falks doesn t understand why women love Mr Darcy Men never get that We love Mr Darcy because we love Elizabeth Darcy gets the GREATNESS of Elizabeth Bennet, and for that we love him I look forward to reading this book again It s definitely int [...]
I was always going to like this book a bit for being the one that finished off my reading goal for the year, but even without that I think it would have been a joy for a quiet Christmas read I d only read a few of the books but it s mostly good without their input and has given me a few things to add to my reading list.
An interesting take on classic literature However for me this reads a little like the York Notes edition Ideal reading if you re studying English Lit, but quite hard going as a piece in its own right For me its all a little too clinical, and a commentary of each story rather then a discussion of the principal characters.
I really enjoyed this well informed discussion of 28 novels through each of their main characters It s like a private book club with a chatty friend and makes you want to read just about all the books again if you ve already read them or go and find a copy of the ones you haven t read.
I am SOOO excited to have been given a copy of this book as a present Bliss So far I ve just been carrying it around with me all day and dipping into it whenever I get a minute It s going to be a huge favourite of mine.
quite enjoyed this
Good intersting read did not see the Television seris that the book is from
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Accessible and engaging literary criticism, just not groundbreaking Or, in other words I d heard a lot of these thoughts and speculations before.
A study of characters I already love, and of characters I can t wait to get to know.