An Unreliably Narrated Essay

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Synopsis

In the reviews of my first two novels, the issue of the unreliable narrator has been mentioned often. Whether this is meant as criticism, compliment, or some tangle of the two, the following problem remains whenever this point is raised: I don’t believe in the unreliable narrator.

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Tom1960 from Athens, Georgia is reading Blindness by Jose Saramago July 3, 2012 - 9:35am

Great essay!  I agree, first person narrators aren't supposedt o be trusted so much as they are to be experienced.  A character's faults, biases and distortions are what make them real and interesting. 

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Zelda Zeezeewri... from Chicago is reading Holdays on ice. David Sedaris May 29, 2012 - 6:16am

Thanks for posting this article. It was most informative and thought provoking.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 24, 2012 - 10:23pm

Amazing article.