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BOTH A NOVEL ABOUT A a fictional novel about of students n a writing class and the lives of the tutor and her family How to Become an It Architect its also an Shaking Behind the Microphone: Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking instructional book about how to structure a novel A celebration of the written word and of story telling both on paper andn film Uniue warm thoughtful and Lamikorda intelligent with somentriguing and very likeable and the odd not so likeable characters that kept me utterly engaged till the very last page I would have happily continued reading about many of these characters had the author felt compelled to write another
chapter or two But then again I love how Stephanie Johnson doesn t or two But then again I love how Stephanie Johnson doesn t tell a story respecting her reader s own Garou Saga: Who's Who Werewolves imagination and their ownnner creative voice that will enable them to put the book down and ponder the futures of the characters for themselves In a word delightful Three and a half starsI m thinking I m thinkingJust trying to put my finger on why I wasn t wholly engaged by this workIt was too much like being n a creative writing class for me Johnson even used her own work as an example n some of Merle s teaching That struck me as a bit pretentious must be the modest Kiwi n me I thought there was too many POV too many characters that remained one dimensional ncluding some of the POV ones this may be the publisher but lots of blank pages lots of fancy chapter heading pages This was already a small book 241 pages but the amount of wasted paper made Complete Guide to the TOPIK (advanced) it even smaller Maybe 220 of actual writing Feels like a cheatVery good ending though which I m still thinking about Competent but a bit pedestrian Thiss the first book I have read by Stephanie Johnson and I m sure t will not be the last I enjoyed her style and the development of her characters who were rich with faults and foibles The story was simple to allow the characters to develop and reveal themselvesAlthough this was all about a writing class the characters were very varied reflecting a host of different backgrounds and nationalitiesOur central character was Merle who teaches the writing course and who has n the past written several novels which seem to have done little to bring her wither fame or success In her class are a rabble of differing personalities and somewhere You Come to Yokum in the background lurks Gareth her fellow tutor who subtly steals one of her students to be his loverObviously there are tensions and conflicts and I live the way Johnson deals with themn very real ways I like the conflict Merle has with the need to nurture her students and not crush their fragile egos or attempts to write Too often she wants to tell them something s terrible but cannot do so. Colleague worries about her husband and s Zbogom, dragi Krleža intrigued by their mysterious German lodger she bothmparts and embodies how to write a novel Written by a prize winning author who Firesoul is also an experienced teacher the overarchingntelligence compassion and wicked humour Jonathan Franzen: The Comedy of Rage in thisnventive book make t a joy to re.
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novels to earn a living teaching writing and the people n herto earn a living teaching writing and the people n her her post breakdown former film director husband who spends his days mooching around n a dressing gown their mysterious elderly German boarder her class of writing students and her colleague who falls for one of them Well written and well structured enjoyable and easy to read I read t n a day on the train between Wellington and Hamilton but not earth shattering The characters were mostly believable but failed to fully engage me so I didn t particularly care about any of them Still worth a read especially f you are a writer Harriet Stephanie Johnson was one of the Auckland Readers and Writers Festival founders a festival that celebrates writing and writers This Iron Cross is exactly what this new novel does too It references and uotes a number of authors as well as being about the craft and featuring characters who are fictional writers of both the published and hopeful variety On the one hand thiss a fully satisfying novel following Merle Carbury and the frustrations and delights of her life On the other the book can be read an nstruction manual as a writing class on how to write a novel I just wish all education was enjoyable This s a thoroughly clever and funny work There Pfaueninsel is generosity too for while Stephanies passing on her hard won knowledge she s busy pointing us to the works of others This book s yet another triumph Merle a middle aged novelist makes do with a career as a creative writing teacher Her depressed husband sits around smoking ciggies Torah With Ramban's Commentary Translated, Annotated, And Elucidated: Devarim/Deuteronomy (Artscroll) in his dressing gown pondering the decline of the televisionndustry n which he was once revered Merle s students at varying times show promise neglect aggression fear and n Tosh s case a leaning towards faux Rustafarianism I enjoyed the way Johnson structured the book each chapter from the perspective of a different character and also the tips for writers although basic I enjoyed the uotes Johnson selected from some great books ncluding Passage to India and work from Janet Frame What I didn t enjoy were the characters I found them to be two dimensional and a little cliched I wanted to go deeper with the characters particularly Merle s colleague Gareth and Merle herself Jacinta was annoying perhaps she was supposed to be and nothing she did surprised me Nothing anyone did really surprised me actuallyHaving said that I m off to read Music From a Distant Room I won t give up on a fellow countryman and writer that easily Well written clever prose but ultimately this book left me dissatisfied and slightly depressed. This uniue novel s both a compelling love story and an nsightful writing manual 'Writers take what we learn of human nature and fuelled by our longings for other existences and other times forge new dentities that can be as real as she s sitting with her dog on the weathered step of the old house storie. .
By the end I was sprint reading because I couldn t wait to finish t and move on to something with characters I cared aboutThe only person the reader could possibly sympathise with apart from the twins unfortunate enough to be born to Jacinta Time Capsule is the protagonist Merle who really needs to take herself off to see the world She admits she s never been out of her own country a fact I found hard to swallow as Merles well read and Hot Under the Collar interestedn the world and this Horses is how the novel felt to me parochial Merles an observer of people a great teacher and there s an appealing kindliness to her observations but she s detached and this detachment Goblin King is too obviousn the novel and I think why the characters don t elicit sympathy not even poor cuckolded Hermann The writing classes are the most nteresting part but probably only to readers who are themselves learning the craft of writing I went to a one week writing class one January a few years ago and left t Factories in the Field: The Story of Migratory Farm Labor in California inspired to begin writing a YA novel I d sketched out the main character and a little bit about the supporting cast and had my maindea down on paper I did start Unfortunately I also started studying full time the next week at University and Theological College and n less than a month my novel was sitting unwritten though not unlovedThe writing class n this book Villa Mendl: Leben und Schicksal der Ankerbrot-Erbin Bettina Mendl is a paper at University and so there are reuirements to learn how to write and to submit a novel at the end of the programme The reader comesn to the year as t s part way through Along with the students we learn about components to a novel through Merle s presentations to them on various aspects We re given short passages from famous authors and we are witness to the class discussionsAt the same time we are drawn Schlechter Sex 2 in to Merle s life andnto the life of one of her students Jacinta Jacinta New Jewish Voices: Plays Produced by the Jewish Repertory Theatre isnterested n the other lecturer Gareth We are also let nto the lives of Merle s non working husband and their boarder an older German man who chooses to not talk about his pastI enjoyed the characters n this book though I couldn t always relate to them they were given distinct personalities but weren t fleshed out "This Actually Is How It Works Between And Teacher And " actually s how Sword and Sorceress 24 it works between and teacher and students but I felt I wanted a bit as a readern all however I enjoyed how the two main narrative lines were weaved n with the writing class Too conscious and didactic for me I could not care about the people at all Gave t away half way through I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was reminded of just how exuisitely some of our wonderfully talented New Zealand authors construct their work Story telling like this S that move us to tears or laughter' Merle Carbury an author n her own right also teaches Creative Writing Amid the tension of the final semester of the year her many and varied students prepare to submit their manuscripts As Merle mentors their assorted ambitions observes the romantic entanglements of her.