Writers Who Read
#19

3 May 2020

translated by
Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Agenda



  • Why We're Here

  • Literary Forensics
  •     - What do I bring?
  •     - What do I feel?
  •     - What do I notice?
  •     - What do I want to learn?

  • Next Month's Reading & Study


Why We're Here

We Writers want to improve our craft

by Reading like a Writer

through Literary Forensics training

we learn from each other

Roundtable Rules

Always refer back to the book

We practice active listening & serendipity

Every feeling and observation is valid...
but not every conclusion

Always refer back to the book

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Introductions

What do I bring
to this book?

Today's author: Olga Tokarczuk

  • Born in 1962 in Sulechów, Poland
  • Novelist, essayist, poet, psychologist, screenwriter

  • Nobel Prize in Literature (2018)

  • Notable awards: Nike Award (2008, 2015); Vilenica Prize (2013); Brückepreis (2015); Man Booker International Prize (2018); Jan Michalski Prize (2018); Prix Laure Bataillon (2019)

  • Translator Antonia Lloyd-Jones
  • - Has translated 4 of Tokarczuk's novels into English
  • - Jennifer Croft has translated 1

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Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

What do I feel?

What in the book elicited that feeling?

Every feeling and observation is valid...
but every conclusion should be questioned

We practice serendipity
- nothing is too crazy

Always refer back to the book

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

What do I notice?


  •    • Language and Grammar

  •    • Context

  •    • Point of view

  •    • Character & character development

  •    • Horizontal structure

  •    • Pacing

  •    • Layering of themes

  •    • Overall effect

Auguries of Innocence - William Blake (34 of its 132 lines appear in Plow)

  • 1. To see a World in a Grain of Sand
  • 2. And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
  • 3. Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
  • 4. And Eternity in an hour
  • 5. A Robin Red breast in a Cage
  • 6. Puts all Heaven in a Rage
  • 9. A dog starv’d at his Masters Gate
  • 10. Predicts the ruin of the State
  • 11. A Horse misus’d upon the Road
  • 12. Calls to Heaven for Human blood
  • 15. A Skylark wounded in the wing
  • 16. A Cherubim does cease to sing
  • 21. The wild deer, wand’ring here & there
  • 22. Keeps the Human Soul from Care
  • 35. He who torments the Chafers Sprite
  • 36. Weaves a Bower in endless Night
  • 39. Kill not the Moth nor Butterfly
  • 40. For the Last Judgment draweth nigh
  • 43. The Beggars Dog & Widows Cat



  • 44. Feed them & thou wilt grow fat
  • 67. Every Tear from Every Eye
  • 68. Becomes a Babe in Eternity
  • 69. This is caught by Females bright
  • 70. And return’d to its own delight
  • 71. The Bleat the Bark Bellow & Roar
  • 72. Are Waves that Beat on Heavens Shore
  • 93. The Questioner who sits so sly
  • 94. Shall never know how to Reply
  • 107. He who Doubts from what he sees
  • 108. Will ne’er Believe do what you Please
  • 109. If the Sun & Moon should Doubt
  • 110. They’d immediately Go out
  • 119. Every Night & every Morn
  • 120. Some to Misery are Born
  • 121. Every Morn and every Night
  • 122. Some are Born to sweet delight
  • 123. Some are Born to sweet delight
  • 124. Some are Born to Endless Night



Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead - Stats


  • Marketing: Dark Humor, Literary Satire Fiction, Lawyers & Criminals Humor
  • Genre: Realistic, Modern-Day, Arch-Plot Long-Form
  • Word count: 77,226
  • Print Pages: 285
  • Reading Level: 8th grade
  • POV: Janina

  • Publish date (Polish): November 25, 2009
  • Publish date (English-UK): September 12, 2018; (English-US): August 13, 2019
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Sold By: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Prizes: 2019 International Booker Prize Longlist; 2019 National Book Award Translated Literature; 2019 Earphones Award for English Audiobook
  • Adaptations: Spoor (film) 2017

  • from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
  • - William Blake

Literary Forensics

 

What do I bring?

What do I feel?

What do I notice?

What do I want to learn?

Writers Who Read: Coming Up

June 7: Agent Running in the Field (England, 2019) - John le Carré


Thanks to: Boulder Writers Alliance

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Happy
Sleuthing!