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The Book of Dialogue: How to Write Effective Conversation in Fiction,…

by Lewis Turco

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Turco prefers to teach by example rather than lecture, using excerpts from his own, rather strange works and those of others to illustrate different formats, styles, levels of diction, and other elements of creating conversation. The book is aridly funny, informative without being didactic, and a little bit crazy. I wouldn't consider it a reference - though I picked it up thinking it might be - because its internal structure is a little... inscrutable, but it's an engaging illustration of the techniques and pitfalls of dialogue writing, and a useful and worthwhile book to re-read every so often while writing.

This would make a great text for a creative writing class. While I can't imagine it being an English lit class text, I would recommend it as a useful read for students of literature, even those who don't plan to write any themselves. ( )
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