Friday, October 30, 2009

John Irving is Old School. He Likes Plot.

Next on my reading list is John Irving's Last Night in Twisted River. And after that? The Mayor of Casterbridge.

I like characters. And their thoughts, and their feelings, and their complexes, and their strengths.

I also like scenery. And its vistas, its weather, its milieu.

I also like plot. And I don't have to be embarrassed anymore. Plot is cool. John Irving said so.


Polly said...

I read the Mayor of Casterbridge a long time ago - and just reading the title there, made me think of dusty roads and the atmosphere of the book. It's that kind of read. It lingers in the senses.

Manasse said...

Love him!

Renee Thompson said...

I saw this interview, Michelle, and LOVED that Irving said he writes his last sentence first -- that he can't possibly begin his story until that last line is written. I too find comfort in this process, and feel utterly discombobulated when I can't call it forth.