Re: RARA-AVIS: The undependable narrator

From: Jacques Debierue (
Date: 16 Aug 2006

A superb example of an unreliable narrator is The Right Red Hand by Joel Townsley Rogers, a forgotten pulpster of some talent. The whole book is a trip, despite its primitive style, because you can't figure out whether or not the whole thing is a nightmare of the narrator. Despite having the air of a rushed job, the novel is fascinating. I think my reprint is in the Blue Murder series of classics (or, as in this case, books that should have been classics but remain on the fringe). It is somewhat Thompsonian, though the chronology (1945) makes it impossible.

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