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Umberto Eco's Six Walks in the Fictional Woods offers a charming discussion of Eco's view of readers and authors, which informs all six of these lectures. BOOK REVIEWS Umberto Eco Six Walks in the Fictional Woods Cambridge: Harvard UP, Pp. $ Reviewed by Jerry A. Varsava Umberto Eco has. Six walks in the fictional woods by Umberto Eco, July 21, , Harvard University Press edition, Paperback in English.
Eco ends with a great question. Fundamentally this is about 5 pages of material to make a one page point. Walter Pater. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Further, the book serves as a loose critical complement to Eco's own novels and those of other innovative writers whom Eco admires, people like Sterne, Joyce, and Borges, not to mention his late friend, Italo Calvino, fellow Italian and pre- senter of the Norton Lectures. If you read fiction or write fiction, the material will be useful and the book will please. In the "Prologue" to the anthology, Bestard tells of the total attraction the Yu- catan and its people have had on him, and he relates that his main concern has been to portray them faithfully on paper 6.
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You submitted the following rating and review. We'll publish them on our site once we've reviewed them. Continue shopping. Item s unavailable for purchase. Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout. Remove FREE. Once he settles in he has presented two basic approaches to reading.
There are empirical readers, who want a literal, factual recitation and who are given to anticipating where an author it going to take the story. Alternately there are model readers who are open to whatever the author has to say and will follow behind the narrative limiting themselves to imagining only what the writer presents.
This concept is divided into a few more types of model readers and there is some discussion of model writers but mostly these sets of complexities disappear. The initial concept is lost in a discussion how many or few detail the writer should include. Fundamentally this is about 5 pages of material to make a one page point. Here I suggest that the more pro-active mind of the empirical reader is a tool that a good writer can use either to trick the reader or to speed the reading processes. That is distinguishing these two types of reader makes for a fine intellectual point, but makes little advance on becoming a more aware reader.
Eco next introduces a concept parallel to and equally interesting as one made by Nabokov. Lectures on Literature argues the need for a reader to fully comprehend the space- the literary geography created by the author.
Nabokov makes maps exactly from the text in his example books; be it the room where Kafka's Gregor Samsa finds himself turned into a beetle or the grounds around Jane Austin's Mansfield Park. Eco would have you spend as much effort on exactly defining the flow of time in a work. There is a two page example of how this chronology would appear and again there is a typology for the several kinds of time that are involved in a narrative.
For example the time it takes the reader to read a section and the flow of time detailed in the narrative. The case for both approaches are equally valid, but re-reading books until you have both time and space mapped out sounds like a guaranteed method to take the pleasure out of reading.
Teacher, is it ok if I am mindful of these details and finish with a book before reducing it to its mechanical parts? Do we now need to create a literary altimeter to help us determine the distance between Dante's Hell below the reader and a Tom Clancy satellite in space?
Eco will expend most of a lecture on a problem in the Three Musketeers based on the impossibility of d'Artagnen taking a walk in detailed in the book and during the 17th Century Paris of the book, and arriving on the Rue Sarvadoni.
Eco's point is that readers need to have rational mental points of reference if they are to follow the imaginary details of the writer's fiction. It is of passing interest that Eco adopts Nabokov's technique of making a map, but Eco makes his from a real Paris, whereas Nabokov restricts himself to the reality of the writer.
Nabokov simplifies his argument by saying that in fiction: The closest Eco come to being this direct is when he reminds the reader of the implied contract between writer and reader, termed: What happens to Eco's case if Dumas simply made a cartographic error and no one thought to check a street map much less to edit the text?
Eco ends with a great question. Simplified, and this book needs to be simplified: If presented with a set of pages, that relate a story; how can a reader determine if the story is fictional or factual. Eco admits that hypothetically, the narrative can be so constructed that no such determination can be made. An included discussion of how a person's mind uses a techniques to add new information, called stories, to old stories to build an understanding of reality and that this same techniques shapes a reader's ability to accept or reject a writer's reality, Eco makes the following statement: It carries no meaning to me.
There are other examples of these kinds of strange statements. Both Eco's and Nabakovs lectures are worth reading. They complement each other. Eco is frustrating. He is given to more abstruse and academic thinking. Six Walks in the Fictional Woods should have been better.
Hardcover Verified Purchase. Not too shabby as a craft book, but Eco can sometimes be full of himself and makes the explanations rather drawn out.
My advice is to be prepared to be patient for Eco to make his points as you're going through it because there is some very useful information. Six Walks is more accessible than I had expected my copy is now heavily highlighted, marked up, and loaded with the little plastic stickies I use to flag ideas and references. Eco is speaking to readers and, thereby, equally to writers.
The six Charles Elliot Norton lectures begin with the role time plays in fiction and end with the importance to our perception of reality of accuracy in writing fiction. This is weighty stuff made accessible by Eco's illustration by example: If you read fiction or write fiction, the material will be useful and the book will please.
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. It's refreshing to finally hold a conversation with someone who has been tacking along similar literary lines and yet holds his own reservations- his own unique longings. A series of wonderful lectures.
Eco writes this book in response to Italo Calvino's thoughts on the same topic. His wit and wisdom inspire the authorial soul within me. Six Walks in the Fictional Woods requires some effort from me but think could enlarge my appreciation of every kind of fiction.
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