Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: 1st & 3rd

From: Peedie Monk (
Date: 24 May 2002

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> John D. McDonald pulled off a good one in The Beach Girls, which contains
> 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
> finishes the previous narrator's last sentence. The cool thing about this
> of elegant mess is that you can put across multiple viewpoints of the same
> really well. And you can have one person's naive opinion of character X
> in the next chapter by having character X narrate it. Of course, these
> are regularly done in multi-viewpoint 3rd person texts. But - as someone
> said - with 1st person you get so much deeper inside the head.

This has gone to the top of my Must Buy list.

Al Guthrie

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