RARA-AVIS: Re: Chapters

From: ssshapir (ssshapir@yahoo.com)
Date: 03 Jul 2008

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    'If you encounter a great book without chapters, I can't believe you won't read it just because it doesn't meet your preconceived notions of a book.'

    A good point.

    But consideration for the needs of a reader is nonetheless appreciated. I remember reading a book by Samuel Beckett that not only didn't have chapters, it had no paragraph breaks. Or plot or distinguishable characters for that matter. I read it. I read it not so I could say I'd read it. I read it because I enjoyed Beckett's
    'Malone Dies'. Am I allowed to say that -- aside from it's success as an experiment -- it was an outright failure in storytelling? Am I allowed to point at the emperor and say he has no chapter breaks?


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