Re: RARA-AVIS: The undependable narrator

From: Charlie Williams (
Date: 16 Aug 2006

--- In, "Stephen Blackmoore"
<stephen@...> wrote:
> At what point
> does the fact that the narrator is deceiving the reader become
> information?

Maybe a lawyer would know the answer to that, but personally I think that if the narrator knows something and he doesn't tell the reader - and he doesn't tell the reader that he knows the thing he knows, and ask them to hold on for a bit for whatever reason - then he's unreliable.

Now, the question is: does he have a good excuse for being unreliable? If he's mad or bad or delusional in any way, that's OK. But if he's purely trying to keep the reader turning pages, he's guilty as sin. Burn him.


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