Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices Paperback – Import, 19 May 2011
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- Publisher : Open Road Media (19 May 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 258 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1453258272
- ISBN-13 : 978-1453258279
- Item Weight : 354 g
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.5 x 21.59 cm
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But take a look at the creation process. Thirty-six authors each took a 2-hour turn on a stage to write a chapter of the book, based on guidelines established by an editorial committee; the whole process took 6 days! There was an audience, plus it was being broadcast, so it was a live book-writing event. I had the delicious opportunity to correspond with two of the coordinators/authors, and they describe the event as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
I could go on and on, recommending that you try this one. But I'll stop here, if you promise to read it. What do you say?
Hotel Angeline is fascinating because of how it was written. It is raw creativity and instant plot formulation. It really brings to the forefront of the reading experience exactly what it means to read a book written by someone else. The oddities of the plot make that even more clear--by focusing on the process rather than the product more about the concept of writing and sharing stories comes through.
I recommend this book to anyone who is thoughtful about reading, literacy, and the creative process. As Garth Stein says in the foreword to Hotel Angeline:
"So I hope that you will take our novel as a provocation on multiple levels. First, as a story, of course. But also, as a provocation to think about what makes a community a great place to live. Conversation and dialogue are central to our society. Give and take, listening, speaking, thinking, hearing, adapting, understanding, evolving. The act of writing a book--which necessitates that that book be read to be valid--is the epitome of conversation, and so stands at the center of our communities." (Stein, 2011)