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At risk of becoming a bore by repeating my admiration for this writer and her latest book, I give you here her own words about the charities she’s supporting with royalties.
Right now you can get it for 0.99 of your local currency on pre-order for delivery on September 5. I ordered my copy a while back, even though I had the privilege of reading an early draft. I don’t merely recommend it, I urge you to get your hands on it if you haven’t already. You will not be disappointed, either by plot, by character development or by the sheer quality of the writing.
I recently read and reviewed the first book in this series. I can certainly recommend Ms Clarke’s Africa writings to anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of that continent and its many and varied cultures.
I had a dream last night, not as earth shattering as Martin Luther King,
I’m not that famous and important, and frankly although I was standing on a stage too, no one was listening to me. Sad isn’t it?
Now most of us might dream of receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature and then being interviewed on a national Breakfast Show, simpering as the interviewer gushed about our brilliant book – right?
Well, my dream wasn’t like that. The stage morphed into a television studio and my interview went something like this:
INT: So, I understand Lucinda that hardly anyone bought your new book?
ME: Well a few did …
INT: Looking at this pre-order number on Amazon, well it’s a disgrace.
ME: I have at least 3 fans! I’m sure they ordered one and DH promised he would …
INT: I presume you told people about it?
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As writers we all aspire to produce great literature. But what, precisely, does that mean? According to Merriam-Webster, one definition is: written works (such as poems, plays, and novels) that are considered to be very good and to have lasting importance.
It’s that last bit, about lasting importance, that carries the rub for contemporary writers. How old will we be when we see the physical evidence of that? Perhaps, if a writer is clever enough to produce high quality work in his or her twenties, by the time he or she is my age it might be clear. If he or she has won a Pulitzer or Nobel prize, for example. What about the late developers? Those who produce their best work in their middle years and then, sadly, die relatively young. They will never know.
Of course, there are those who claim the ability to make that judgement without waiting for posterity. Those who award the great literary prizes are chosen for their own widely acknowledged expertise as writers. Readers, on the other hand, may not share their opinion.
Dublin has been chosen as a UNESCO ‘City of Literature’. On it’s website you are sure to find references to James Joyce and other Irish literary giants. Widely acknowledged as a writer of genius, it remains true to say that few people have read his works from beginning to end. Most general readers with whom I’ve discussed the subject admit having been unable to get beyond the first few pages of Ulysses.
It seems to me that the function of literature is to enable the reader to see some aspect of life through different eyes. To make him or her shake his or her head and say ‘Wow! That’s really opened my eyes’.
What is your favourite work of literary fiction? Why do you think it qualifies for that description of “having lasting significance?”