dalemark and linear thought.

Charles Butler hannibal at thegates.fsbusiness.co.uk
Sun Jul 27 07:47:47 EDT 2003

> >Baudolino by Eco almost does this. One of the main themes of the book is
> >the nature of narrative and narration, and the narrator keeps breaking
> >his story (which is told in what we assume is the right order) to remind
> >the reader of what a liar he is.

> The action of *Tristram Shandy* happens in a somewhat non-linear way[1]
> has an authorial (well, Shandean) voice pointing things out about the
> narrative at intervals, to the effect that it may or may not be relevant
> even accurate... would that count as an example of what you're after?
> [1] this has been entered for the "understatement of the year" award.

Tristram Shandy is certainly the kind of thing I had in mind. I haven't read
Baudolino, but from what I've read of Eco I can well believe this is
something he'd go in for!


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