Re: RARA-AVIS: 1st & 3rd

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 23 May 2002

<<Incidentally, I know two people who won't read what they call "I" novels.>>

The danger is that the author become too identified with the protagonist who tells the story. It would be very interesting (to me, if to no-one else) to see a Spenser novel in the third person. I think Parker, who can surely write in any person with total ease, should try it.

First person also seems to lead to a lot of filler dialogue, which I find annoying.

I know for sure that Westlake's Parker novels would not work in the first person. The character could not preserve his mystique.



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