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“I like the Proustian approach of making a simile 500 per cent as long as the thing it’s describing”

You as the narrative voice put in a simile under the pretext that you’re helping the reader to understand better what something looks like or feels like. In fact, it’s just an excuse to put in a little espresso shot of what you hope is lyrical beauty.

From a GQ interview with Ned Beauman about his second novel, The Teleportation Accident.