Slight story has real atmosphere

{ "b" : "The Sea," , "cite" : "by John Banville, Picador, €22."}

11th June, 2005

{ "b" : "The Sea," , "cite" : "by John Banville, Picador, €22."}

Long, long ago, when I first roller-skated on to the ice floes of freelance life, one of my jobs was to tell stories to little children. When I'd go into a literary flight, the children would invariably chorus: “What's the story, Miss?”

They had identified the central debate for writers Sterne v Fielding, Proust v Flaubert, Joyce v Faulkner.

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