Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Chapters

From: Patrick King (
Date: 03 Jul 2008

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    --- On Thu, 7/3/08, ssshapir <> wrote:

    '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?


    Absolutely! As I say, I agree with you. I just wouldn't miss a good book simply because the author was experimenting with form.

    Patrick King


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