Thursday, August 23, 2007
I am reading a very good book at the moment by David Morrell (he's the dude who wrote First Blood, thus creating the iconic Rambo character), the book is called Lessons From A Lifetime Of Writing. Anyway, I read this very funny part last night. He mentioned what he called the worst-written classic American novel, Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. Its theme is pessimistic determinism, which apparently means that the environment and fate are conspired to destroy us, or something, and that the prose is "awful". This is my favourite example:
"Here comes the moths."