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# When I read a novel set in a city I know well, I must see

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When I read a novel set in a city I know well, I must see [#permalink]

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When I read a novel set in a city I know well, I must see that the writer knows the city as well as I do if I am to take that writer seriously

How do i read When I read a novel set in a city I know well, ?

is it "novel set" together

OR

"set in a city" ?

what does this text means here ?

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18 Oct 2009, 19:58
It means the novel "based" on a city. The use of "set" is purposeful as the story of the novel always has a set or plot, just like the set of a film.

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Re: writer knows the city [#permalink]

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18 Oct 2009, 20:36
When I read a novel set in a city I know well, I must see that the writer knows the city as well as I do if I am to take that writer seriously

Novel is separate from the word set,
Set is a modifier in this sentence, meaning that the plot of the novel is occurs in the city I know well.
The sentence means, that "If the author of the book does not reveal that he knows well the city, he is describing in the novel, I am not going to take seriously this author and his book."

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Re: writer knows the city [#permalink]

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20 Oct 2009, 19:18

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Re: writer knows the city   [#permalink] 20 Oct 2009, 19:18
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