Daniel Quinn's Providence, The Story of a Fifty-Year Vision Quest PDF

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By Daniel Quinn

ISBN-10: 0553375490

ISBN-13: 9780553375497

Windfall is Quinn's interesting memoir of his life-long religious voyage. His trip takes him from a formative years dream in Omaha surroundings him on a look for achievement, to his time as a postulant within the Trappist order below the information of eminent theologian Thomas Merton.  Later, his quest took him in the course of the deep self-discovery of psychoanalysis, via a failed marriage in the course of the turbulent and intriguing 60s, to discovering achievement together with his spouse Rennie and a profession as a author. In windfall Quinn additionally info his rejection of geared up faith and his own rediscovery of what he says is humankind's first and in basic terms common faith, the theology that types the foundation for Ishmael.Providence is an insightful booklet that deal with problems with schooling, psychology, faith, technology, marriage, and self-understanding, and should supply perception to an individual who has ever struggled to forge and enact a private spirituality.

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Any writer or would-be writer would be well advised to reflect that a mastery of craft is just exactly that and has nothing to do with greatness or power except to enhance it. Some important writers have been miserable craftsmen—Henry Miller and Theodore Dreiser to mention two out of our own time. Their books have power and weight and—the combination of those two attributes—impact. My contention here is only that bad writing of the Miller or the Dreiser kind—without the sheer mass energy behind that bad writing—is bad writing and nothing more.

Is looking at a painting an illusion ? If so, what is it an illusion of ? Of oneself ? Of God? These are impossible questions to answer. I believe that fiction is as much of a reality as any other experience that the reader undertakes. Call it vicarious if you like, but the reader is not a spectator, he is a participant. A novel can make you laugh or cry or go looking for someone you crave. These things are so real they are physiological. Vicarious ? Perhaps, but not disembodied. Thus, between writer and reader there is a communication, but how intricate, how complex, how inexplicable.

The only thing that isn't there is the story. Hemingway could fall back on his reputation, but for beginning writers it's best to have a story. Narrative is not an easy thing to define. One way of getting at it is to say that it is all that part of a manuscript that answers three basic questions. What has happened? What is happening? What is going to happen? Viewed in this rather general light a novel no longer has to have what used to be called plot. It does have to have two things that serve the same function.

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