In Praise of the Novella
Why short is good in today’s world of books
I recently re-read The Old Man and the Sea, probably literature’s most famous novella. Its simple brilliance withstands the test of time. Its power remains. Less is more.
Last week, I read Echoland by Per Petterson. Only 144 pages, probably no more than about 30,000 words. The story lingers. It will not leave me. It is marvelous.