ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Sun Jan 25 11:51:55 EST 2004
On Saturday, January 24, 2004, at 02:20 PM, minnow at belfry.org.uk wrote:
>> Lawrence Block is good respite from this. He can write whole books
>> without ever attributing conversation. I actually didn't notice this
>> until I read his book _Telling Lies for Fun and Profit_.
> That's not a bad trick if it can be pulled off. If it's done badly,
> it is
> downright unfair on the reader. I haven't read the author, and
> reply is making me wonder if I have misunderstood you, but I took that
> meaning two or more people speaking in turn and not having names of the
> speaker attached to the speeches, rather than not having the manner of
> speech stated by the author.
I meant that Block can manage _not_ to say 'said'. So he might instead
something like this.
[imaginary example of mine]
"So did you go to the store?" I reached for the orange juice.
"No. I didn't have time." She would no more touch orange juice than
"As a reason, that really sucks."
Since I never noticed he was doing it until it was pointed out to me,
be quite good at it.
I _did_ just get up and look at books from his three main series[es?]
in all of them he uses 'said', although not necessarily very frequently.
So now I can't remember exactly what books he was talking about in
Lies for Fun and Profit_. <sigh>
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