Book Reviews of THE ART OF FICTION

Author: John Gardner
ISBN-13: 9780394504698
ISBN-10: 0394504690
Publication Date: 1/12/1984
Pages: 224
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Knopf
Book Type: Hardcover
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There is some stuff in this book that is quite good and compelling, but it is ultimately soured a bit by the fact that Gardner is rather convinced of his own genius. By this I mean, he's quite full of himself. This makes it a very annoying and even infuriating book to read at points, though there is much reward to be found in sticking it out. I recommend reading this one over a span of time, in pieces, rather than in one sitting, to allow time to really reflect on what you wish to take from it, as well as to be able to plow through the tougher parts.