( b oo k s ) e D Th esert Island Novel: A Small Place for Big Characters Kate McIntyre Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Signet Classic, 2, 3 800 2 p 2 p., $.5 5 9 (paper). Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Modern Library Classics, 2, 100 20 p 4 p., $.11 9 ( 9 paper). Robinson by Muriel Spark. New Directions, 2, 1 300 6 p 7 p., $.51 5 ( 9 paper). Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine. Europa Editions, 12 p 7 p., $5 ( 1 paper). e n Th ovel lends itself especially well to extremes of scope. On one hand, it is expansive, allowing for an exploration of a whole society—scores of characters with complicated relationships, shifting currents of power, political maneuverings and class dynamics. It might span decades and continents. It might come complete with family-tree diagrams in the first few pages, lest readers forget who is pretending to be whose sec - ond cousin, once removed. The Victorians (Dickens, Collins, Thackeray, Eliot) were especially adept at the creation of big novels, but today, too, the expansive novel is enjoying a moment. We can see the Victorians’ inufl ence in Eleanor Catton’s
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Published: Jun 24, 2015
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