* “don’t do” in Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 23, 2009

  • transitions. (185-86) the reader is suddenly transported from Fargas’ home in Portugal to Paris, with no transition. The details of this change of scene are presented later (187-88). Does this work?  I don’t think so. It’s a technique similar to what Tolstoy does repeatedly in Anna Karenina. Ah, crticizing Tolstoy – heresy!
  • exposition. long, detailed descriptions and lists of old books, which the reader can’t possibly read and absorb. what is the purpose?

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