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January 28, 2008

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it”

Filed under: Review,Writing — litlove @ 12:04 pm

From ReadySteadyBook 

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it”: some thoughts on The Tartar Steppe

Elizabeth A. Brown reviews Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Good Writing over at csmonitor.com. Brown says, Leonard wants the writer to be invisible: “Good writing is not about the writer (and the way he sounds or the size of her vocabulary), but about the story.”

Not for me. (more…)

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January 14, 2008

Half of a Yellow Sun

Filed under: Review,Writing — litlove @ 12:05 pm

From Charlotte’s Web

Shortly before Christmas, the charismatic Jacob Zuma won the leadership of the ANC from under the nose of South Africa’s president, Thabo Mbeki. Where Zuma is a people’s person, educated by the university of life and a champion of the poor, Mbeki is cold, intellectual and apparently incapable of showing compassion to those who suffer. Zuma is also a Zulu, South Africa’s largest ethnic group, while Mbeki is Xhosa – the same tribe as Nelson Mandela. Zuma was acquitted of rape in 2006, but is due to stand trial for corruption later this year. It has not taken South Africa’s political analysts long to begin imagining the worst case scenarios should the popular ANC leader be found guilty. (more…)

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