The Question (ID Number 685)...
...and the response:Novels like ISHMAEL, THE STORY OF B, and MY ISHMAEL work as novels -- and become page turners -- because they were CONCEIVED as novels. They begin, as most novels do, with protagonists who have problems to solve -- deep, important problems that are warping their lives -- and you become involved in their struggle to solve them. This is what separates these novel from a book like ECOTOPIA, which seems to me to be more a tract or instruction manual than a novel.
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