Saturday, February 05, 2011
Leisurely Story Telling
After two plus weeks in California, I can definitely see a difference. People take life more leisurely here--except when they get behind the wheel.
And I am also reading Tana French, who although Irish not Californian, seems to have a similar leisurely approach to telling a story.
I can't remember reading a novel where the story unfurled itself at such a restful pace--as if she knew that we would stick with her through long passages where very little happens. But the set-up, characters, and writing are good, very good, and so we do stick around. I remember books like this from my youth. Where the writer assumed you had time, interest. Who else writes with this confidence, believing that 500 pages are not so much? Who do you stick with because the writing is good?