One-Minute Book Reviews

May 7, 2009

A Dog, a Corpse and a Wisteria Vine – The Most Bizarre Narrators in Fiction?

Filed under: News,Novels — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 12:48 am
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Some people who liked The Story of Edgar Sawtelle were nonetheless put off by its mix of human and canine narrators, including a four-footed stand-in for Ophelia in David Wroblewski’s Hamlet-influenced novel.  Almondine isn’t the most unusual narrator in fiction. Clyde Edgerton’s The Floatplane Notebooks (Ballantine, 1989) is told partly from the viewpoint of a wisteria wine. Then there’s William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, a novel about a troubled clan trying to bury its dead matriarch. Faulkner tells the story from the viewpoint of each family member, including the corpse.

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