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  •  Whodunnit? (6+ / 0-)

    In mysteries, the classic example of the Unreliable Narrator is Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; although many of her other Hercule Poroit novels also could count, because Captain Hastings, the narrator of many of the stories, is a twit who, although he faithfully records all the neccessary evidence, frequently misinterprets the evidence and gets them tangled up in his own prejudices, assumptions, and his annoyances with Poroit.

    Another example of the Unreliable Narrator in the mystery genre is Nevermore by Harold Schechter and its sequels, in which Edgar Allen Poe teams up with notable personages of his era to solve grisly murders.  The author has Poe narrate the stories in a florid, 18th Century style and is as blissfully oblivious to his own character flaws as he is observant of the clues in these cases.

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Tue Apr 10, 2012 at 08:21:30 PM PDT

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