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Co-author of East of Tiffany's, 13 short stories of a Latino immigrant's success in USA; a journey from West Harlem to Sutton Place and Park Avenue. Check out the reviews in Amazon.com and in Barnes and Noble.

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Great Gatsby: Is Nick Gay?

All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.

Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99


Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language. Transliterated into easy language for enjoyable reading pleasure. Because The Lazarillo of Tormes pointed a new direction, European and American literature benefited with titles that today are considered classics: Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo; Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones and Joseph Andrews; Tobias Smollett’s Roderick Random, and Peregrine Pickle; Voltaire’s Candide; Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. And many others to include American works ranging from Mark Twain to Saul Bellow.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art. According to Ortega, the arts don't have to tell a human story; art should deal with its own forms—and not with the human form.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic. This e-book teaches how to break the pattern Subject-verb-object--and discard openings that begin with nouns, articles, and pronouns.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality. While business terminology is interwoven throughout these short stories, it's not business lessons that I take away with me, but life lessons. The circumstances and the characters' profound humanity are relatable despite their zip code . "Luke, Postmodern Man" offers a new vista into faith, suffering, and love of neighbor. Way after you read this book you'll find yourself thinking about the various characters throughout the series of stories and will find solace in their unwavering faith. The narrators' ability to reflect on their hardships with such serenity is inspiring.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers! Every page is filled with great writing tips, training lessons, and wonderful useful writing skills! Not only do I write essays for college, but also short stories!
--IVONNIE Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

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All my books are now in KINDLE


Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99
Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
Sentence Openers
East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5


The most beloved short story from Spanish literature
All my books are in NOOK $0.99 or in Amazon KINDLE $0.99








All my books are now in NOOK

Ideas About the Novel is a prophetic book that all writers must own.
Ideas About the Novel by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99

Next to Cervantes, Benito Perez Galdos is the most beloved Spanish writer of all times.

Torquemada at the Stake by Perez Galdos- my translation $0.99

Lazarillo of Tormes - my translation $0.99
Read it in contemporary English -- No Thous, Thees, or King James' Bible language.

Dehumanization of Art by Ortega y Gasset - my translation $0.99
The Dehumanization of Art— is now a constant in music, literature, aesthetics, and philosophy, having come to mean that in post-modern times human-shaped mimesis (representation of the human) is irrelevant to art.

Sentence Openers
How writers open their sentences makes prose agile, interesting, and athletic.

East of Tiffany's - bestseller $5
With the city as its backdrop "East of Tiffany's" is filled with earnest tales of love, loss, faith, success and morality.



My writing was as flat as a sidewalk. And then I downloaded ...

Mary Duffy's Toolbox for Writers
After I purchased Mary's e-book I started to get 'A's in my essays and term papers!
--Ivonnie Indrawan
College student
Sentence Openers on KINDLE

Sentence Openers on NOOK





Available in KINDLE $0.99


Available in KINDLE $0.99

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Postmodern Model for Book Reviews

Most book reviewers use two traditional approaches. Either they take the bland way of simply being descriptive, or they present a vigorous—and often negative—critical angle.

Here is the traditional reviewer’s approach:
1. Immediately mentions the full name of the author and the title of the book.
2. Isolates the theme of the book. A theme is the main topic which could possibly be reduced to a brief sentence; for example: “Billy Budd deals with good and evil,” or “Anna Karenina is about rebellious love and social conventions.”
3. Mentions the genre (essay, novel, short story, romance, science fiction). Readers are by now conditioned to expect a genre.
4. The reviewer is expected to put forth personal opinions as to his likes and dislikes.
5. Describe the setting (in both time and space)
6. Identify the specific tone (irreverent, playful, serious, and solemn).
7. Main traits of the characters and what makes them act in certain ways and not others, paying special attention to the protagonists.
8. Briefly outline the plot without giving away the climax, reversal, and denouement.
9. Quote bits and pieces from the work to highlight certain points, or to buttress the reviewer’s opinion.

My book reviews take a non-traditional approach:

I call this the ‘the eccentric approach’ because I try to present ‘out of the box’ thinking.

Although the traditional presentations have merit and are useful, today’s readers deserve something else; namely, they deserve freshness, something unexpected, something exciting, and yet something that contains a self-evident truths that can challenge the reader’s intelligence.

Therefore in my Book Reviews I place high value in language because not only do we use language to represent the real world, but also the fictional world. Thus, only through well crafted sentences and a skillful use of rhetorical figures can art—literary art—be created.

Here is my formula:
1. Examine the figures of speech, tropes, nominative absolutes, and rhetorical figures that the author utilizes with success or not.

2. Check the sentence openers. If I see the pattern Subject-Verb-Complement (S-V-C) repeated throughout the first few pages, then I can be reasonably sure that the author lacks the required skills to write with sufficient sentence variation to make the narrative exciting.

3. In reviewing a work of fiction I try to avoid biographical data about the author. A book review is about the book, not the author. If I review The Great Gatsby, I scrutinize what the narrator says, and I don’t attribute the narrator’s remarks to the author Scott Fitzgerald.

4. I look for the appropriate use of regular and correlative conjunctions (e.g. either/or). Should these conjunctions be absent from the narrative, I will consider the writing substandard.

5. As I work through the above points (1 through 4), I include—as needed, but not all—the information that traditional reviewers include.

In the market place of ideas, one shouldn’t be shy of criticizing what is substandard. I love writing book reviews because it pleases me to share my point of view with as many readers as possible. And in a modest way I add to the merits of good works, and also help identify works that do not deserve our time.

The writing techniques I employ in this article are all explained in Mary Duffy's bestseller and indispensable writing manual:

www.write rivetingprose.com

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