Re: RARA-AVIS: Sleeping Dog

Date: 23 May 2002


Re your question below:

> I finished list-member Dick Lochte's "Sleeping Dog".

> 3: Leading from 2. Off the top of my head, the
> only other book I've read
> that uses two first person narrators is "1977" by
> David Peace. Also a
> tremendously effective novel. Why is this technique
> not used more widely?

Vera Caspary's LAURA has three first person narrators, plus one chapter that's a transcription of an interrogation. Bram Stoker's DRACULA consists of diary and journal entries from several different characters.

It's not a book, but one episode of a famous radio series used the technique. I mention it because it was such a deaprture from the rest of the series.

The DRAGNET episode "The Big Ben" has Joe Friday getting wounded halfway through. The rest of the episode is narrated by his partner, Ben Romero (Bart Yarborough) as he tries to find Friday's assailant. The TV version, "The Big Frank," had Friday's partner, Frank Smith, being wounded, so the bifurcated narration that set the radio version apart was avoided.


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