The Ghost Road by Par Barker and Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah: Viewing the Germans from the British Viewpoint during World War I in Two Novels

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The criteria that needs to be considered for the winning novel, includes a wide variety of theories, debates and critical writings that together will give an informed and balanced decision. An instinctive judgment would be to view the book cover and the précis of the plot; and then from a personal perspective ask if it would be likely to entice the reader. However, this narrows ones thought process; also an instinctive judgement is based on ones past personal experience, which will ensure that each reader would then have a different view. In order to ensure a balanced and informed view within this essay the impact of the aesthetic theory, which is a view that argues how effective concepts, theories and debates are in explaining and…show more content…
Canonical novels tend to be written around themes that transcend time, this is the case for both chosen novels. The colonial content; which one could argue is part of the literary canon in within both novels. The inclusion of colonial content suggests that there is political propaganda within the novels in which the reader has instructive information that then expands knowledge on the subject for the reader within the novels; this is a view of the aesthetic theory which asks that judgments are made on the content. This insight to the plot and instruction within the novels towards the reader then ensures that the reader buys into the characters and plot. The author’s insight to worlds within each novel describes new, exciting and original thoughts from the authors that expand the template of a storyline.
How the novels are written makes them stand out from the crowd; how do the authors ensure that the reader thinks about the subject within the novel; is this achieved by a stream of conscious thoughts or are the words more measured within the novels. Is the novel created in the form of Aestheticism; that is to say the novel is written as art for arts sake for art comes to you professing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments at they pass (Pater A Twentieth-Century

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