Grandma's Tales

May 24, 2007

Grammar – 35 How to write a book review 3

Filed under: Language — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 6:50 pm

vishesh, who’s written a book, comments: I noticed that each character had a special value and that a part of me played them. It is like talking to yourself. If you had read the full review I had written in my blog, I think you have, I never found the inclination to describe the character.The book’s power would be lost if I had written about him.
This is a matter of opinion. I want to make something clear here. Aspects of the novel I have suggested for critical comments are not sacrosanct. These are not rules by which one writes a review. These are mere suggestions. They tell you the facets of a novel that you could look at when you go about critiquing it. These are the structures on which a novel is built. A writer cannot afford to ignore them. When someone sits down to write a novel, he/she generally keeps in mind (some say they do this instinctively!) the points I have put down. So they are excellent fodder for criticism.
Once again, see how the novel opens. When you read the following opening lines –
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way- in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
you certainly want to read the rest of it. Guess who wrote it?


  1. Charles Dickens’s Tale of Two Cities..

    Comment by Shefaly — May 25, 2007 @ 12:48 am | Reply

  2. Bingo! And how relevant today!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 25, 2007 @ 5:52 pm | Reply

  3. oh my god…..i have finished yet..but now i am under more pressure to find a publisher 😉 …

    anyway..i realsied that …there can never be a set of virtues for anything….it is all left to us to decide what is to be done and not….

    i want to get my hands on that next…tale of two cities…that is the best review…

    and btw this is how my thing starts

    1. As the translucent sun
    2. Cropped up on the fasting
    3. Beach, appeared with
    4. a Golden red orange charm
    5. On to the messengers of life,
    6. It did. Sat a lonely figure,
    7. A lonely creature, a lonely
    8. Soul, a filled mind of
    9. Questions, with a wonder
    10. Heart for the earthly spectacular.
    11. Lonely was it, the human
    12. A kin of life, with vibrance
    13. Of arrogance and hate
    14. Sat like a conqueror on
    15. The refined soil of earth.
    16. Not a companion, to utter
    17. Even a shell not came
    18. Close to the breath of this
    19. Outlaw. A bird not flew
    20. A mile away of the
    21. Sadist. He was a lonely
    22. Man, a breath of the
    23. Unknown, the breath,
    24. Lay slowly on to the grains.
    25. The mother earth felt him
    26. Light though, she knew the
    27. Bad, arrogant, sadistic, cursed
    28. Outlaw. The wind knew his
    29. Presence too. The light, lighted
    30. To the cropping man. His
    31. Face parded with scars
    32. Of revenge and vengeance.
    33. Murder alone popped
    34. To the unrest mind.
    35. Thus started to speak.
    36. speak to him.

    please feel free to give your opinion…i am still editing it…

    Comment by vishesh — May 25, 2007 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

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