The Unreliable Narrator — *Post for class

Have you read this? The Good Soldier?

It was written by Ford Maddox Ford. The title is included in many of the  “Top 100 Books of all time in the history of ever happily ever after” lists.

I liked it.

It was easier than James Joyce. I liked that. It also used the “unreliable narrator” device and I do enjoy that as well. I was talking on one of the threads about liking this device and many were agreeable, if not indifferent to it, with one post voting on the negative side of it.

I decided to throw out some examples of this device used in film.

The Ususal Suspects. 

Primal Fear. 

American Psycho. 

I think it’s maybe easier to grasp the concept of the device if it’s seen, and maybe after that it’s easier to adjust to in a novel.


What do you think? Do you have any other examples of the “Unreliable Narrator”? Throw ’em out here!



3 thoughts on “The Unreliable Narrator — *Post for class

  1. I’m having trouble coming up with literary examples. The Sound & The Fury maybe….I’m not sure, though. It’s not so much that those narrators (there are 4, if I remember correctly) aren’t so much unreliable as hard to work out at first. Parts of English Patient maybe? What about Life of Pi, that one seems like it fits properly.


  2. I remember being intrigued by the idea of a narrator who either might lie or just be crazy. I am thinking of the Browning’s “My Last Duchess” and others I discovered in Ann’s class. I know I have discussed the idea with my classes when we do Poe.


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