RARA-AVIS: Unreliable narrator

From: Michael Robison ( miker_zspider@yahoo.com)
Date: 10 Nov 2005

Mark wrote:

I knew he was the killer from pretty much the beginning, never really thought otherwise. My only question was whether he was being disingenuous in his denial or was in self-denial, whether or not he was trying to fool himself along with the reader.

*************** That was one of the problems I had with The Confession. I am willing to suspend disbelief for the story, but if I have to deal with an unreliable narrator on top of that, I'm disenchanted. The novel devolves into a guessing game that I'm not interested in playing.

By the end of The Confession, it appears obvious to me that the protagonist is aware of the murders that he's committed, and he's been lying to the reader in his denials. At that point, the whole story falls into question. For example, what about the drugs and kinky magazines he finds at Robinson's place. Is that a lie, too? I wondered, but not very much.


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