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It is a frequently asked questions by interviewers: How did you become a novelist? They have become novelists by this. However, while many of our playwrights quote a lifelong affection for the literary world, a narrative astuteness evolved in the mother body, or a library experience of infancy, some may refer to a particular book and say: this.
This is the book that made me what I am today - if only because it opened a gate, or gave me a permit, or even a glimmer. And if you do, you'll probably be a novelist right away. McCarthy is without a doubt the book that made me try to become a serious endeavor to become a novelist.
My first fiction I loved was White Fang and The Call of the Wild, but the first book that made me become a novelist was Dylan Thomas' Collected Poems. In an 8th grader Anthologie, I was overwhelmed by the musically charged Thomas' speech and probably by the flamboyance of feeling.
This was the first token that I realised that speech is more than a translucent means of communicating information and storytelling; in Thomas it is almost an end in itself. Odysseus is my favourite novel, first published at the tender ages of 20. This was the book, together with Dubliners, that led me to become a novelist, or at least to reflect on the opportunities of dublinerism.
This was my second storyline that took its texture from the Wandering Rocks section in Usysses, only in my history it was downtown Seattle (my big runaway). The third one was a tricky play about the lrish Troubles named "Ourselves Alone" (Sinn Fein, got it? I know, that bad). No matter what kind of radicalist form I strive for, it comes from this book (plus Faulkner and Woolf).
Finally, this led me to more modern authors like DeLillo. If you' re asking, my first little tale wasn't Joyce? Andrew Salkey.... written a YA novel named Hurricane before YA was a household name. You know, I recall that book that got me writing.
The most marvelous author for a child. I' ve just found a continuation, earthquakes, at an old bookstall on West Third, and I plan to recite them to my kid. Sartre's Nausea and Camus's The Stranger were the two most important works of the wartime.
There are other books by the same writers - for example Sartre's The Roads to Liberty or Camus's The Fall - that are not very interesting. It felt like I chose to become a novelist when I saw The Stranger, which was published in 1942 during the occupation. However, my interpretation of The Stranger, as I explained in the mirror, is very private.
In Massachusetts in the 50s and 1960s, which of those rare works of literature might have been the inspiration for you to become a novelist? They didn't get me to be a novelist. You made me take narcotics or have an adventure, a trip. Perhaps Little Women made me become a novelist because Jo, the celebrity of it, was a novelist.
It made clear that an undiscriminated American could be a novelist and have a great deal to say. So many different authors from different periods I like. I' m currently studying and studying Robert Hayden's poetry, which is completely wonderful and brillant. Shakespeare's The Storm for the first theater.
Recently a book of poetry by a young writer by the name of Valzhyna Mort has begun that looks alluring. Straight, le neurologue de Victoria Chang Buch, und über ein neues Buch von Ronaldo V. Wilson nomme Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man. Amiri Baraka's work made me write poetry.
What were your main influences as an author? Was there a particular book that made you write? The Awakening I first saw in high school. I was deeply and lastingly impressed by the history of Edna Pontellier's fight with the boundaries of her feminist cultures.
It was Jane Eyre that made me write. but I can tell you how I became a novelist. During this time you were not permitted to study fiction or comic strips, you could only study textbooks. However, I found that one could not be stopped from having to study poems if one had done the practice quickly because one thought that poems were work.
So if you were a poet, they couldn't blame you. And so I found some of Sir Walter Scott's lyrics. Guess I must have seen all his poetic stuff in those classes. I' ve never since. It' a part of nature, you know, write. There are more men doing it than is admitted, and the distinction between those who see themselves as professionals and other authors is much more questionable than we think.
I like Alice Hoffman. She's a great author. Yann Martel's Life of Pi-I was one of my favourite novels in recent years, wishing I had done it, which is my highest kind of compliments. That book that made me become a novelist was blown away by the wind - I was reading it and also wanted to make a whole word wide of it.
the first Raymond Carver line I read: He wrote brief, straightforward lines and intimate personalities that made it look, if not straightforward, at least possible. This book made me work hard, but more importantly, it opened the doors to other modern authors of shorts, such as Tobias Wolff and Alice Munro.
Those words made me a novelist. When I read this at the tender ages of 13, I realized that the imagination, the place I was looking for, was not to be found in kites, spirits or sapwoods. By the time I was ten, I was carried and burned by certain titles - Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea Tricology, Susan Cooper's Phantasy Novel, Isaac Asimov - to do what had just been done to me.
At times the burn made me write, although I never came down more than a few pages. It was Jeanette Winterson's Passion. I was changing my whole being and I began to do so when I was reading The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
I' ve been on the reserve for 4 or 5 years, and it was the first book I've ever seen with a brown-skinned personality - this, you know, inner-city dark child walking all alone through the snow-covered town. The book talked to me in a way that few of my entire lives have talked to me.
This one book has made me the author. I can refer my whole lifetime to other works that have done the same - that's what made me who I am. As far as typing is concerned, was there any particular book that affected you? But I was very impressed by Emil Ludwig's autobiography about Napoleon, which is in the historic present.
I was so struck by the fact that I began to write the Napoleon life story myself, albeit hard to copy by Emil Ludwig. At the age of eight. When you read a book you fell into, the most important thing that happens is that it gives you approval. When you are a child novelist, it gives you the right to write tales as courageous, big and captivating as the ones you have loved or who have really moved your mind.
When you' re not a novelist, when you' re just a person who works lethal times and it seems to me that I used to read during the pauses when I was a barmaid and under the table when I was a hostess and read to not be in the realm I was in and to be loaded into realms that were so fat.
That' what romances do for you, and that' s what novel writing has done for me. They' re talking about us as if it were easy, but it's not that easy and that made me write books in which characters were intricate. If I hadn't seen The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, I don't think I would have ever done it.
It' like someone opened up my life when I was reading that book. Catch-22, Catcher in the Rye and Steinbeck's Travels With Charley have impressed me very much. However, long before that I wanted to become a writer: the Hardy Boys serial, but also dailies.
I learnt to reread the sport pages of the Miami Herald. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, sharpens my literary ambitions, an uneapologetically flamboyant novel that recalls what it takes to be a women in this or the next canvas. I have long been driven by Toni Morrison, lover, and by her words, which show how a novel can be enigmatic and truthful, mythic and crude, how a novel can honour memories, even if we look away or want to be forgotten.
I have long been ambitious, and Alice Walker is ready to tell the tales of African females without excuse, ready to write politics without apologizing - the secret of joy, a powerful, beautiful novel about FGM that keeps me broken-hearted and powerless every times I reading it, because sometimes the only way to tell the whole thing is to tell the honest one.
Maybe the solitude of your own youth made you a novelist because she always leaves you behind to read - solitary as it may have been. Yeah.... maybe I would have been a novelist anyway. Before I became "sick" I wrote a little. Do you know why I wanted to be a reporter?
I read Evelyn Waugh's Scoop when I was about 11. Suffice it to get everyone to become a newspaperman! Of course I have read a great deal, but of course I have read without being discriminated against. I' d gone into the libary and one book kept leading to another. One Oxford man who is doing a diploma dissertation on my letter recently visited me in Johannesburg.
All of a sudden he published a children's booklet - a booklet that I had kept for about six month when I was twelve, a booklet that I had already seen, and I had done small book reviewing. I was still studying children's literature that I devoured, and I saw no distinction between these and Gone with the Wind or Pepy's diary.
Which book had the greatest influence on you? Which book did you write? when I was 19. It is probably what most authors write about. Why did you want to write? Oh, I was 16 when I started studying Knut Hamsun. If I had, I don't think I would have been a novelist.
That was my aim, I think, to write a book that could do what Knut Hamsun's book did to me. When I first came on board, I was reading it all at once. So I went to the libary several days awe to get more copies, and I wrap them in the wrapping we used for school textbooks to make it look like I was doing my schoolwork and learning hell!
C. S. Lewis was the first character who made me become a novelist. It drew my attention to the novelist that someone was behind the words that someone was talking about the film. and when writers could write the stories of Narnia, I wanted to be an editor.
Socrates' eulogy, the poems of John Donne, the poems of Richard Crashaw, Shakespeare now and then, although not too often, Keats' short junk, Schopenhauer, Descartes' meditation on First Philosophy and method discourse, Kant's prolegomena on any future metaphysics, although the translation is all horrible, William James' The Varieties of Religious Experience, Wittgenstein's Tractatus, Joyce' Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Hemingway - especially the Italian things in In Our Time, where you just go!
Flannery O'Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, A. S. Byatt, Cynthia Ozick - the tales, mainly known as " Levitations ", about 25 per cent of the era Pynchon. The balloon " that I first saw and that led me to become a novelist, Tobias Wolff, Raymond Carver's best work - the really popular work.
Oh, and, my God, there's poetic. So what were your beginnings as a novelist? When I was about three and a half or four years old, my dad once bought me a pack of them. and the envelopes with Newell C. Wyeth artwork. Recollect him?
It was a marvelous illustrated by Robert Louis Stevenson and other works. Impressive how I was at the end when Robin is backed up by the windows and fires his last one. Have you grown up with the idea of becoming a novelist? I' ve been spending a great deal of my free and, above all, in nature.
This book made me, I think, more than any other book to become a novelist, because it was the first book I had not just typed in a book, but a book. And I can exactly recall where I was. I just can' t help remembering that I never had that kind of emotion, that kind of intense from a book.
about the pawnshop being killed, which I'll never ever be over. It is one of the most vibrant recollections in my whole being. Not just my literary world. The kid next to you said: "If you like it, you have to go to Edgar Allan Poe.
I' d never known Edgar Allan Poe, but when I saw him, I loved him. It made me write poetry and story. So I bragged and recounted to him that I had composed a poetry while I was studying in high schools. When he asked - I can see him there - you write poetry? and I said: Yes, you do? and he said with the most ceremonious speech you can imagine: It is my work.
He' d just left high school for poetry-making! Poetics are like bank robbery. Deciding to become a writer for the remainder of my career, I began working on my own poem for an hours or two every morning after work. At first I saw it as a young boy going to college and felt sure that I had made a huge mistake when he let me in, let alone granted me a grant-fund.
In the morning, at daybreak, I sneaked out of the dormitories and to a lakeside pick nick for smoking and drinking - it was too early to get busted, and I liked to enjoy the fuzzy room between the nights and the days. This book struck me at the musical stage, as so often did poesy (the sentences!), but there was also a storiet.
Damn it, she might even write one. Which book led you to become a novelist? I was amazed by nine stories'I can still recall reading'For Esmé-With Love and Squalor' for the first case, and cried only with the sharpness of the injured soldiers and the young girls. And" Teddy" - I still recall the moments when the little kid Teddy, who is actually a sadhu, told the journalist on the boat that he recognized for the first of all what God was all about when he saw his little sister drinking a jar of chocolate - that it was God who poured God into God.
Maybe something like that - maybe I don't really recall what I thought. However, it did change me both mentally and as a very young author, because both the understanding and simplification of history were within my grasp.