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August 01, 2012

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Ben Howard

George P. Elliott once situated the novella at a midpoint between the short story and the novel. Novellas combine the concentration of the short story with the expansiveness of the novel. Sometimes, however, it's difficult to distinguish a novella from either of those genres. John McGahern's "A Country Funeral" and Barry Targan's "Harry Belten and the Mendelsshon Violin Concerto," both of which I'd strongly recommend, are cases in point. A more recent example is Julian Barnes's "The Sense of an Ending," which has been categorized as a novel but feels, at least to me, more like a novella.
Thanks for your recommendations.

Ben Howard

"Mendelssohn," I should have written.

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