Reading & Imagery

...An essential part of reading enjoyment is sinking through the page into the world of the book, and it seems possible that without imagery, this world-creating process might be greatly impeded.

Nell, p.216

Our imaginings are imprecise and misty, writes William Gass (1972), and characters in fiction are "mostly empty canvas. I have known many who passed through their stories without noses, or heads to hold them" (p.45)... "I want to know what Modesty and Giles do, not what they look like." ...Constructing images takes time, adds Gass, and slows the reader's flow; we cannot, while imaging, keep up with the intricate conceptual systems that the author may spin like a spiderweb in a single sentence.

Nell, p. 217

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