Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Guide lines ...

... What's the best way to test a novel before you read it? (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

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    29 September 2010 2:17PM

    "The Jane Chord, to which Bill Buckley introduced us years ago, is a concept originally promulgated by Hugh Kenner. The idea is that if you make a two-word sentence out of the first and last words of a book, it will tell you something revealing about the book in question. Or not: the Jane Chord of Pride and Prejudice is It/them. But every once in a while you run across a Jane Chord so resonant that it makes the room shiver--the chord for Death Comes for the Archbishop is One/built--and even when a famous book yields up nonsense, it's still a good game to play"--Terry Teachout.

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    30 September 2010 8:59AM

    Jane Chord for the best novel of the lot:

    Stately? Yes.

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