The First Person Peripheral Narrator

 

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There are many ways to tell a story, and David Guterson, in his novel, The Other, chose a method Scott Fitzgerald made famous, in which a secondary character in the story tells the tale. It’s a clever ploy, but can be difficult to pull off: the reader gets this person’s slant on the book’s events, but this person must not overwhelm the principal character(s).

To his credit, Guterson pulls it off pretty darned well.

 

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