The Blue Bookcase announced this week that their site would be hosting a Literary Blog Hop. The genre, literary fiction, is often debated, because unlike other genres of fiction, literary fiction does not possess rigid parameters. However, literary fiction is not, itself, some magical abyss that one can call upon if in doubt of another name. No, literary fiction places emphasis on style, and demands a developed (or more deeply developed) psychological engagement/concept from it's audience and characters. Those studying literary fiction pay close attention to devices that are meticulously displayed throughout a novel of interest. McGraw Hill has a wonderfully informative list of literary devices and terms that any reader should familiarize themselves with. A novel can hold a beautiful storyline, an enriching message, and teach readers to engage in critical thinking, thus sharpening the mind.
Thought-provoking storylines and complex character development have kept my love of the printed word alive since I was a child. That’s why I was overjoyed when I found I would be able to participate in this Literary Blog Hop!
The Blue Bookcase posed this request:
Please highlight one of your favorite books and why you would consider it "literary."
When I was offered an advanced reader's copy of Nicole Krauss's Great House: A Novel, I was ecstatic. No, really. I think I called half the people in my phonebook; I was so excited to get the chance to review in advance. Not to mention, it was the first time I had received an ARC of anything directly from a publisher. A newcomer to the world of book-blogging, receiving a copy felt like quite an accomplishment; so, imagine how elated I was when I found, quite unexpectedly, Lan Samantha Chang's All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost, in the same package!
Summary: Roman and Bernard are students in a revered and feared poet's class with hopes of becoming brilliant artists themselves. Miranda Sturgis, their professor, maintains an image of ambivalence regarding anything her students submit, creating a desire in the two men to know her more completely. While Roman's work procures a life of recognition, Bernard looms in his frugal dwellings, constructing and deconstructing a single poem.