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Why great novels are dangerous – Julian Barnes QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)


I think a great book—leaving aside other qualities such as narrative power, characterization, style, and so on—is a book that describes the world in a way that has not been done before; and that is recognized by those who read it as telling new truths—about society or the way in which emotional lives are led, or both—such truths having not been previously available, certainly not from official records or government documents, or from journalism or television. For example, even people who condemned Madame Bovary, who thought that it ought to be banned, recognized the truth of the portrait of that sort of woman, in that sort of society, which they had never encountered before in literature.
That is why the novel was so dangerous.
Julian Barnes Paris Review 2000

4 comments on “Why great novels are dangerous – Julian Barnes QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  1. frenchc1955
    February 12, 2017

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    This quotation on why great books are important and dangerous is worth seeing and reblogging!

  2. Jennie
    February 12, 2017

    Deep thinking and forward thinking.

  3. annabellefranklinauthor
    February 12, 2017

    As time goes on, it gets harder and harder to say something new – today’s writers are challenged like never before!

  4. The Owl Lady
    February 13, 2017

    Reblogged this on Viv Drewa – The Owl Lady.

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