Forster. My rating: 4 of 5 stars This rather strange book, a series of chatty and informal lectures Forster delivered at his alma mater Cambridge in 1927, owes its fame to two simple but indispensable concepts that have become almost axiomatic to the study of fiction and the craft of fiction writing. ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL is a unique attempt to examine the novel afresh, rejecting the traditional methods of classification by chronology or subject-matter.
Forster pares down the novel to its essential elements as he sees them: story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern and rhythm. Aspects of the Novel also discusses the difference between story and plot, the characteristics of prophetic fiction, and narrative chronology. Throughout, Forster draws on his extensive readings in English, French and Russian literature, and discusses his ideas in reference to such figures as Joyce, Tolstoy, ... 24 quotes from Aspects of the Novel: 'Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he ha... E.M.