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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (Feb. 10 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415317851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415317856
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Paul Mills teaches creative writing to u/gs and p/gs at York St John College.  He has held writing fellowships at Leeds and Manchester universities and a Fulbright Teaching exchange fellowship in the US.  He is a published poet and dramatist. 


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Paul Mill's effort is the first creative-writing text that I've read - and if others in the field are comparable, it may be the last. Some of the adjectives it conjures up - though I've been warned to use adjectives sparingly, without being told why - are dissatisfying, muddled, and inadequate. Part of the fault lies, no doubt, in the overambitious nature of these one-stop-shopping works, but only part. There are other reasons for concern.

The book is replete with a lot of very poor philosophising. The philosophising itself is unavoidable, I suppose, but it needn't be sub-par. Here it houses self-referential missteps and nested inconsistencies. At one point, within the space of a paragraph, the author seems to espouse both mind-body dualism and physicalism. His treatment of memory is also shallow and ill-conceived.

Yet maybe we can forgive him the philosophical blunders. After all, he's a simple writer and not a philosopher. However, he also falters where we would expect him to be strong - on language. For instance, in discussing metaphor his prime example is not a metaphor at all but an analogy. ("Doesn't he know the difference?" I thought.) Worst of all, in my view, was his off-the-mark chapter on children's fiction. It lacked all insight and penetration.

It could possibly have been worse, so I gave the thing two stars. But, needless to say, I do not recommend it.
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