The Story Begins by Amos Oz
Essays on Literature

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In this collection of ten essays, Amos Oz shares his rich and rewarding experience as both writer and teacher. As he analyzes the opening sections of novels and short stories by such writers as Agnon, Gogol, Kafka, Chekhov, García Márquez, and Raymond Carver, Oz instructs, challenges, and guides. He writes about the notion of "beginnings," what the beginning of a novel or short story might "mean" to the author and how important it is. And best of all-he entertains. He highlights opening paragraphs in which authors make promises they may or may not deliver later in the work, or deliver in unexpected ways, or they may deliver more than they have promised. It is a game that miraculously and playfully engages both writer and reader. The Story Begins is a resourceful, accessible, and friendly companion for all students of literature and writing and for all book lovers.
 

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Born in Jerusalem in 1939, -->Amos Oz--> is the author of numerous works of fiction and essays. His international awards include the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, and the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and his books have been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in Israel.
 
Published March 29, 1999 by Harcourt. 128 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Oz’s sensitive readings show a way of taking fiction seriously as pleasure and then heightening that pleasure by exploring the different ways in which writers achieve meaning.

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Examining the trouble the blank page presents to a writer--beginning to tell a story is like making a pass at a stranger in a restaurant--Israeli novelist Oz (Panther in the Basement, etc.) consid

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Examining the trouble the blank page presents to a writer--""beginning to tell a story is like making a pass at a stranger in a restaurant""--Israeli novelist Oz (Panther in the Basement, etc.) considers the methods authors use to draw readers into the ""opening contracts"" of a narrative.

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Because of its perspective, it's a perfect book to read before concentrating on a particular episode of American history.

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"Elena's Story" by Nancy Shaw and illustrated by Kristina Rodanas is a touching story of a young girl, her mother and her two siblings.

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