RE: RARA-AVIS: The undependable narrator / 1st person POV

From: GERLACH, Steve (
Date: 16 Aug 2006

Some narrators are also self-delusional, which can lead to certain skewing of the facts as they write, leading a reader to believe one thing when the other is true. I don't mind an unreliable narrator, as long as it's stated that they may play with the truth as they tell the story which, from my reading, is often the case.


Surely ANY 1st person POV can be seen as being somewhat biased towards the character... 1st person POV is not something that can be handled objectively by the narrator.




From: AP McQuiddy [mailto:] Sent: Thursday, 17 August 2006 9:59 AM To: Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: The undependable narrator (Brad Solomon)


Anyone else read Brad Solomon's GONE MAN...??

A widely-read Mystery-fan friend of mine, SB, described it as "the very best Unreliable Narrator novel (he's) ever read!" (I read it, thought it was smashing, but have not read near as many Mys titles as my pal...or for that matter, many of our R-A members...and thus hesitate to match SB's opinion.)

I subsequently became a friend of Brad's, so if anyone wants to ask him questions, I'd be happy to pass the queries on to B...

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