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    [ Adult novels] was the world of grownups. There was nothing about teenagers.

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    A fortunate author can write maybe twelve novels in his lifetime.

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    After writing each novel, I would spend days poring over suggestions from my editor.

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    A good novel doesn't just transcend the boundaries of its target market - it knows nothing about target markets.

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    A good novel cannot be too long or a bad novel too short.

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    A good novel editor is invisible.

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    A good novel is a good novel, pointe finale. And I think what I'm writing is exactly that.

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    All my novels are rooted in their time and in their place.

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    A great novel is worth one thousand films.

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    All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual.

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    All my novels are rooted in their time and in their place. The place of my novels is Israel, almost without exception. Almost without exception, my novels are rooted in Israel because that's the place I know well. And, that's my gutsy advice to any young writer: write only about what you know well. Don't write about that which you don't know.

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    All novels are experimental.

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    All novels are sequels; influence is bliss.

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    All novels are about certain minorities: the individual is a minority.

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    A Marxist has never written a good novel.

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    A memoir is always the most authentic telling of a situation, but a novel gets to different places.

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    Almost without exception, my novels are rooted in Israel because that's the place I know well.

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    A lot of aspiring writers are all ready to write a novel, but they don't know how to write sentences.

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    And would it have been worth it, after all, Would it have been worth while, After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets, After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the floor - And this, and so much more? -

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    Am I worried people will say I'm repeating myself? Sure. One thought I had was to publish it as a novel but eventually I just decided to do what I wanted to do.

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    A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.

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    Another thing I learned is that novels, even those from apparently distant times and places, remain current and enlightening, and also comforting.

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    A novel is a conversation starter, and if the author isn't there for the after-party, both the writer and the reader are missing a lot.

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    A novel is not moral in the usual sense of the word. It can be called moral when it shakes us out of our stupor and makes us confront the absolutes we believe in.

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    A novel should be as like life as a painting, but not as like life as a piece of waxwork.

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    A novel is like a window, open to an infinite landscape.

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    A novel is really like a symphony where instrument after instrument has to come in at its own time, and no other.

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    A novel is what you call something that won't sell if you call it poems or short stories.

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    Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at fifteen to write several novels.

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    Anthropological fieldwork is so much like writing a novel. You don't know what the hell is going on.

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    A novel captures essence that is not possible in any other form.

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    A novel is a machine for generating interpretations.

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    A novel is a tricky thing to map.

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    A novel is written not to be judged, but experienced.

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    A novel must show how the world truly is. Somehow, reveals the true source of our actions.

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    A novel should be a book of questions, not a book of answers.

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    Anyone who had ever read a novel knew that governesses were supposed to be meek and downtrodden.

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    Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader's teeth.

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    Daisy had known the novel was silly even as she had read it, but that had not detracted one bit from her enjoyment.

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    As a student in England, I studied French and English literature. I read L'Etranger and the rhythm of the novel felt familiar to me - very African.

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    A scrupulous man will never produce a great novel.

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    As for writing about temptation, there's no drama without temptation, and no novel without drama.

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    Before trying a novel I wrote a couple of plays.

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    Between history and the novel stands biography, their unwanted offspring, which has brought a great embarrassment to them both.

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    But at the best of times she feels like a character in a Muriel Spark novel — independent, bookish, sharp-minded, secretly romantic.

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    But novels are never about what they are about; that is, there is always deeper, or more general, significance. The author may not be aware of this till she is pretty far along with it.

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    Cooper wrote a novel which is absolutely indistinguishable from Austen, completely from a female point of view, completely English, no sense that he was an American.

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    Around the time I turned 30, I wanted to publish a novel

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    Art, at any rate in a novel, must be indissolubly linked with craft.

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    At a certain point my novels set. They set just as hard as that jam jar. And then I know they are finished.

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