101 Best Scenes Ever Written: A Romp Through Literature for Writers and Readers

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Terry could have been a contender in On the Waterfront. Ginger dies in Black Beauty. Prince Andrei stirs up the troops in War and Peace. Here Conrad makes judicious choices of scenes from film, fiction and drama to create a very tasty plate of hors d'oeuvres, whether for those who know and love the patron work or those who would like to learn more about the pithiest parts of literature. He includes great beginnings (some writers only need one word to draw you in) and purely visual scenes, action, adventure, war, romance (complete with understanding gendarmes), revenge, betrayal, humor (Dave Barry comments on the word "Squanto"), horror, juveniles (or perhaps more accurately horrors of juveniles), and endings (slam the door very vigorously at the end of A Doll's House, giving sound advice about writing with each. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This book thoroughly dissects the basic building block of creative writing: the scene. Building on his own experience as an author of more than 30 fiction and nonfiction books, Conrad (founder & director, Santa Barbara Writer's Conference; Matador ) analyzes scenes from works of literature by such luminaries as John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, and Noel Coward, explaining how each scene "works." In the first chapter, he spells out exactly what constitutes a scene; two other chapters focus on specialized scenes for beginnings and endings. Most of the book is arranged topically, with analysis of scenes used for such purposes as action, romance, revenge, betrayal, humor, and horror. This is one of the best self-help books for creative writers to have hit the market in a while. With its plethora of quoted material from great authors and Conrad's own entertaining and accessible writing style, it will hold the attention of general readersâ€"even those not aspiring to write the next great American novel. Highly recommended for public libraries and for academic libraries serving creative-writing programs.â€"Alison M. Lewis, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia

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