Monday, May 18, 2015

Are modern novels different from older novels?


One of the the big literary questions 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.  Does including two screen-plays ennoble it with such a fancy title?

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