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The sentence, when done right, is greater than the whole

The sentence, when done right, is greater than the whole

Nestled in the depths of Julian Gough’s piece on the divine nature of comedy, is the following line which exudes so much gravity it’s in danger of putting the rest of his excellent article in the shade:

“The novel, when done right—when done to the best of the novelist’s abilities, talent at full stretch—is always greater than the novelist.