To write an unromantic novel

Good interview with John Updike from 1978:

Life is a very strange thing, in a way, compared to life in a novel. People in novels rather rarely eat; their health is not often of concern to them; earning money isn’t nearly as important to them as it is to those of us in the real world. In the very novel form there are distortions, variations, whereas the love life of novel characters and their personal interrelations. E. M. Forester somewhere says that people in novels are so sensitive to each other—we all kind of blunder through life, more or less dazed; yet people in novels are ever so aware of each other, and sharp. So, novels and life are not strictly equivalent.

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One Response to “To write an unromantic novel”

  1. zachary Says:

    or to write a novel at all.

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