RARA-AVIS: Re: 1st & 3rd

From: Charlie.Williams@pinkroccade.co.uk
Date: 24 May 2002

John D. McDonald pulled off a good one in The Beach Girls, which contains about eight different 1st person narrators, taking it a chapter at a time. The chapters segue into each other seamlessly, to the extent that the new narrator finishes the previous narrator's last sentence. The cool thing about this kind of elegant mess is that you can put across multiple viewpoints of the same event really well. And you can have one person's naive opinion of character X exploded in the next chapter by having character X narrate it. Of course, these things are regularly done in multi-viewpoint 3rd person texts. But - as someone already said - with 1st person you get so much deeper inside the head.

Charlie Williams.

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