RARA-AVIS: Re: The Confession

From: crimeflix ( jmks100@aol.com)
Date: 12 Nov 2005

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, Domenic <mystery.robot@p...> wrote:
> As the writer, I felt a lot my task in this particular book was
trying to
> keep the reader interested in the narrator, even though he was vain,
> self-absorbed, a liar, and likely involved in several murders around
> I was interested in trying to create a character who,through his
charm and
> intelligence, could keep the reader involved even though they didn't
> entirely trust him.
> And I was hoping the readers would see a bit of themselves in Jake
> and maybe reflect upon that similarity...

I'm in late on this discussion, but Domenic makes an excellent point here. It reminds me of a quote from Charles Willeford about such narrators. I believe he said something along the lines of "It's not important that you like a narrator...but it is important that you understand the narrator." I think that's a key to telling this type of story and Domenic pulled it off exceedingly well. J http://www.jasonstarr.com

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