Wednesday, May 02, 2007

more Hilary Mantel

"It is not so much plot as shape we have to find: something which offers dramatic satisfaction, which offers a slight improvement on what we perceive of the messiness of real life. Though actually, I don't believe real life is messy at all. If you keep a diary for a few years you'll see the order emerge. In a novel you simply proffer this order in a short form."

again from her essay in The Agony and the Ego (see previous post)

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