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    What do you consider to be "Ingenious Writing"?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Dryriver, Aug 29, 2012.

    Hello All,

    I'd like to know: What, to you, are examples of books that are "ingenious" - clever, excellent, perhaps outright brilliant?

    I have my favorites, like Orwell's 1984 and a few more. There are also a few poets I consider to be brilliant at writing.

    Where should I look to find examples of "excellent", "brilliant", "ingenious writing"?

    Which writers - living or dead - have produced the most brilliant prose?

    Which writers have produced the most memorable plot, dialogue or characters, and in which specific books?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions,

    Dryriver
     
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    Hemingway. What was so brilliant about his prose was how damn easy he made it look and (IMO) how powerful it was for being so spare.
     
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    James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov, William Gass, Anthony Burgess are the first names that come to my mind when I think of brilliant prose. When it comes to characters, it's actually a similar list (writers who care deeply about their prose tend to care deeply about every aspect of their writing), and I would definitely add John Steinbeck and possibly John Gardner. And Charles Dickens, of course.

    Whenever I start putting together lists like this, I find myself frustrated by my own ignorance of non-English-language literature. I've never read Marcel Proust, Thomas Mann, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or any of the great Russians, among many others.
     
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    I like rich prose - An eclectic mix of words that flow like poetry.
    Angela Carter, Vladimir Nabokov, Lygia Fagundes Telles. James Joyce's Ulysses,
    Orwell is excellent, too - have you tried Animal Farm?
    I love Richard Addams Watership Down. Bunny-folkore!
    The last line of Thackery's Vanity Fair - 'Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets,
    for the play is played out.' Though everything prior to it was hard going - lol!

    Best character created - non-human - Winnie The Pooh. Human - Miss Havisham - from Great
    Expectations, Harriet M. Welsh - from Harriet the Spy.

    Books that read like puzzles - anything by Alain Robbe-Grillet , The Cannibal by John Hawkes.

    Most bizarre idea - The edible Woman by Margaret Atwood.

    A horror novel that surpasses every horror out there - The Auctioneer by Joan Samson
     

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