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The novel combines freedom with intimacy says JANE SMILEY Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

DickensTo me as a reader, this greatest thing about the novel…is that it gives access to the mind of the writer. Our Mutual Friend is a perfect example of this: You have access to the mind of this guy, Charles Dickens. Prolonged access, 880 pages of access. There is no intermediary between you and this guy’s mind. There are no actors, there’s no stage production. To read a book is an act of humanity. It’s an act of connection. And it’s also an act of freedom—at any point, I could say, I’m done with Our Mutual Friend, I’m moving on to Anthony Trollope. As long as you’re reading, you’re there voluntarily. To me, that’s the essence of the novel: accessing the mind of another human being in a way that combines freedom with intimacy…
Jane Smiley

photo credit: Charles Dickens reading to his daughters via photopin (license)

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3 comments on “The novel combines freedom with intimacy says JANE SMILEY Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

  1. Mira Prabhu
    December 6, 2015

    Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    “To me, that’s the essence of the novel: accessing the mind of another human being in a way that combines freedom with intimacy…” Jane Smiley (Thank you, Bridget Whelan).

  2. Mahender
    December 7, 2015

    NYT Now: Is There a Doctor in the Marriage?

    http://nyti.ms/21GBS5k

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