Larry Woiwode Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Larry Woiwode Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

To understand Larry Woiwode’s craft and achievement, one must finally recognize the essentially religious character of his narratives and their thematic structure. He is an advocate for restoring a moral, even religious, voice to modern letters. While believing that the most important human questions are, in fact, religious ones, Woiwode rejects the notion that there can be legitimate, compelling “novels of ideas”; for him, such fiction connotes mere propagandizing. Woiwode handles such questions not by placing philosophical soliloquies in the mouths of sophisticated, worldly protagonists but by creating authentically ordinary characters and settling them comfortably into the concrete and utterly mundane world of daily life....

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