Another interview and the first review of Henry Green week

Well I ve found another online interview not by green but by one of his friend on Jstor website it short but worth a quick read .A quote from James Woods How fiction works and strangely Woods is a Green fan it seems as he quotes from three of his works in the book .

In 1950 Henry Green gave a little talk on BBC radio about dialogue in fiction Green was obsessively concerned with the elimination of vulgar spoors of presence whereby authors communicate themselves to readers : he never internalized his characters thoughts hardly ever explained a characters motive ,and avoids the authorial adverb, which so often helpfully flags a character’s emotion to the reader (“she said grandiloquent” ) .Green argued that dialogue is the best way to communicate with one’s reader and that nothing kills “life ” so much as explanation”

A great quote on why we sometimes find Green hard to read from Wood’s  how fiction works .

Elsewhere in the book he talks about Caught which is a book I ll be reviewing that lives up to what green said in the BBC interview it is very dialogue heavy .

The first review was on Sunday from A penguin a week Karyn review Loving Green’s fifth novel and one that was sparked by a story he heard whilst in fire service in world ward two

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. parrish
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 07:08:19

    There’s amazingly quite a lot of stuff on the man out there on the web, essays, interviews etc, my own post will be ready for flight on friday.


  2. Geosi
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 07:51:01

    That’s a great piece of interview. all the best, stu


  3. Sarah
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 09:08:43

    James Wood is a big fan and also an excellent proselytiser for Green. This is why I chose to read Caught!


  4. Caroline
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 19:45:39


  5. Simon
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 17:14:42

    Thanks for sharing that stu


  6. Tanya
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 11:09:24

    Hi Stu

    Thanks for prompting me to read Henry Green by giving him his own Week! Here is my review of Loving:


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