Bravo (Past and Present)

It’s great to read new books and to discover new authors. But every now and then, it’s nice to return to a classic.

I’m reading John Le Carre’s THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD, circa 1963. I first read this novel when I was about 20. It’s outstanding. It hasn’t aged one bit.

the-spy-who-came-in-from-the-coldI haven’t read his latest, A DELICATE TRUTH, but I’m thinking about reading that next. If only to make note of the way this master storyteller’s skills have evolved.

So, if you’re a writer: there’s a good exercise. Read a first great novel by someone whose works you admire, then his or her latest novel. Can you find the ways the story structure and character development have changed? Are there lessons to be learned?

Just a thought.

I gotta get back to my book. Can’t wait to see how it ends.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on May 13, 2013, in Blog and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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