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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-11 11:20
Subject: On style
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Is it just me, or does anyone else consider a writing style in which paragraphs commonly extend for several pages to be one that is unnecessarily opaque?
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Nicholas: not happy
User: nwhyte
Date: 2009-09-11 06:26 (UTC)
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Keyword:not happy
I consider it simply unreadable!
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-11 06:35 (UTC)
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I demur, if only because I did succeed in reading the entire novel in question.

But oh my goodness, it wasn't easy.

(The fact that not a single character had a name, only a label, didn't help.)

I think I'm going to have to go back and check the same author's first novel in the same setting: I'm sure it wasn't like this one, though it is a couple of decades since I read that one.
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jon_a_five
User: jon_a_five
Date: 2009-09-11 06:38 (UTC)
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What's the book?
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Doing simply dreadful things too
User: clanwilliam
Date: 2009-09-11 06:43 (UTC)
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It's writers like that who led to the actual spike being removed from subs' desks, because the temptation to spike the author along with the story was just too strong for some.
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Plastic Bertrand Russell
User: burkesworks
Date: 2009-09-11 06:51 (UTC)
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Absolutely. Bernard Levin used to be a bugger for it.
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martyn44
User: martyn44
Date: 2009-09-11 07:15 (UTC)
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I couldn't say. I have this habit of holding my breath for the duration of a paragraph, which is fine for - say - Graham Greene - but causes me to pass out from time to time when reading - say - Salman Rushdie.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-11 07:23 (UTC)
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Oh dear. Yes, that could be problematic.
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Colette
User: bellinghwoman
Date: 2009-09-11 08:18 (UTC)
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It could be worse. I am reminded of the acquaintance of ours who not only writes in longish paragraphs with sentences full of sub-clauses, but also eschews entirely the use of capital letters.
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Artela
User: artela
Date: 2009-09-11 08:53 (UTC)
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Given that the point of grammar is to aid clarity *for the reader*, I'd agree with you. Anyone who does not consider their reader when they write should be first up against the wall come the revolution as the point of written communication is to communicate - that cannot happen in a one-sided arrangement that suits only the writer.
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