Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Two 1st-person narratives

I'm currently reading Ravenkill [no "s" in there] by Paulette Warren [pseudonym for Paul W. Fairman]. Published in 1965 by Lancer. So far so very good; am really enjoying it.

As I've mentioned, I mostly read non-fiction. So perhaps it's not an uncommon device for an author to tell the story using two 1st-person narratives?? But I've never encountered it before. Like it; but it's definitely different.

In this story, the opening chapter is told from the 1st-person perspective of Jennifer. The 2nd chapter is told from Gaspar's. And so on, alternating (though not every other chapter).

Interesting. It definitely does work. I'd never have thought using such a method. :-)

I'm also concurrently reading Island of Fog by Myra Kingsbury.

Reviews to follow.


Absinthe said...

That's actually more popular than you would think, I've run into several examples of it. I like that style - gives you the story from two perspectives. If you would like an extreme example of this try out The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner - the same story is told from three different perspectives one of them being a mentally challenged person. It is VERY good but does take some getting used to and it is also very Gothic in nature. Excellent stuff!

Cindy M said...

Cool! Thanks for the recommendation Absinthe; I've heard of Faulkner's novel of course, but never checked it out. Might do that.