The Unreliable Narrator and the Law

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Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, let us now consider the unreliable narrator. Within the field of literature, the "unreliable narrator" is a storyteller who violates our trust. Most readers start a book quite literally taking the narrator at his word.  The unreliable narrator, however, is a storyteller who provides us ...

Mystery #8 for Literary Snobs: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

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As Terry Rafferty notes in "Cops and Rabbis," his review of The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon "has in recent years become a zealous proselytizer for a more genre-inflected and plot-friendly sort of literary fiction." Detective fiction has been one such genre, which he first explored in The Final Solution, a mystery ...

Mystery #7 for Literary Snobs: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight by Vladimir Nabokov

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Conrad Brenner, writing in The New Republic, describes this book as "the most perverse novel you are ever likely to encounter." And John Updike wrote, "Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically" If that doesn't whet your appetite, then go back to your annotated Finnegans ...

Mystery #6 for Literary Snobs: The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco is a literary snob's dream date. A towering intellectual, he is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books in the fields of literary criticism, semiotics, anthropology, and mass culture. Indeed, his list of international literary and scholarly awards is matched only by the number of honorary degrees he has received ...