The greatest thing in style is to have command of metaphor. – Aristotle
As you read St. Aubyn, mark the similes and metaphors. Count them and let’s compare notes in class and see how many we all come up with for the four assigned chapters.
In your response below, due Friday midnight, copy 5-10 of St. Aubyn’s figures that struck you and say why. How do they work? How fresh, surprising, funny are they? How inorganic, intrusive, overpopulated? Let’s leave aside the string of figures Prose quotes in her NYRB review–there are plenty more to choose from. Do try to distribute your choices throughout the four chapters, and let’s try to avoid repeating each other. Again, there is no simile shortage in this fiction.