Browsing through my local bookstore, I came across a book of literary locations: a guide to the places and spaces where classic and much-loved novels have been set. The idea, I think, was that the book could function as a tour guide, armchair or otherwise. Love Wuthering Heights? Then take a look at the Yorkshire Moors. And so on.
Location, location, location. It’s a reviewing chestnut to note that a city becomes practically a character in a novel, or that the immersive descriptions of the landscape (see Wuthering Heights) set the tone of the story. Only slightly less common is the observation that the illusion of seeing through a character’s eyes—of inhabiting their subjective self—is greatly helped by descriptions of how they respond to the physical world around them.
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