Saturday, December 31, 2011

How many locales?


The big literary question is - is there much of a difference between novels today and those of the past?  Maybe.  In the past the great writers kept to a limited number of locales.  Dickens in London, Wharton in New York and Boston, James in London and Paris, Joyce in Dublin, Dumas in Paris, and so on.  Well, mostly... 
If a novel has many locales, does that make it more interesting?   'The Search for Gabriella' is located in several different places;  the Abyssinian hills, two of Venice's palaces, a hotel in Liberech (that's a small town in the Czech Republic), Old Prague, The Rivoli Bar in the Ritz, and Gin Lane in London, an art gallery, two restaurants, an army camp....  

In fact, in addition to all these settings, 'The Search for Gabriella' is a novel with a difference in that it includes two screenplays.  So it's not too much in the old style and that's probably why it's been called a post-modern novel.  Publication is coming soon and, as always, the reader will have the last word....