Re: RARA-AVIS: The Name of the game is Death

From: Mark Sullivan (
Date: 26 Feb 2001

Bill wrote:

"It's rare you get to see a writer treat a published book as a draft like that."

What struck me as particularly odd in my comparison was how the structure -- everything from the chapter breaks (this is how I compared, by reading the first couple paragraphs of each chapter) down to the very sentence order remains the same, while the construction of those sentences in the same order varies so much. You'd think recasting the sentences (usually by reversing the order of the clauses) would at least occasionally lead to changing the pattern of the sentences themselves.


ps -- as far as Bill's comment goes, isn't Tim O'Brien known for significant rewrites between editions of his books?

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