Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Unreliable Narrator

Cláudia has just reminded me that the "Under the Garden" illustration and discussion is coming up, I'm going to move it to Friday, April 30, just in case anyone was thinking of joining in and hasn't gotten to the library yet. If anyone has ideas for short fiction a month on, let us all know in comments.

20 comments:

Art said...

I also dislike unreliable narrators, but this one appeals to me. A bit of color + a bit of humor!

ArtSparker said...

Well, perhaps we are all unreliable narrators- memory plays tricks on us, for one thing.

Shayna Prentice said...

The doctor's news was doleful and soundless - so, in her mind, she created her own lovely forest world ... where the mellifluous beat of bejeweled wings and red starred skies live ... and the winsome smile of her deer friend, helped her to see the clearing.

Fiona said...

I like this one.

ArtSparker said...

Fiona- You might like Ford Madox Ford's "The Good Soldier" if you like this.

Bungy32 said...

The unreliable narrator is one of my favorite literary devices. Eurora Welty's short story "Why I Live at the P.O." always come to mind when thinking of examples.

As Susan says, we are all always to some degree unreliable narrators. Well, but maybe only rarely the kind with butterflies swarming out of our neck-holes. ;-)

Clowncar said...

I LOVE this.

Call him Ishmael.

And, yes, all narrators are unreliable. That's why we have art.

Cláudia said...

To confabulate:

"To fill in gaps in one's memory with fabrications that one believes to be facts." (from The Free Dictionary)

This is what life is about, I am afraid.

Approaching the post in another way - I believe doctors can be the most unreliable narrators of all.
But depending on their performance you will see bats and bad wolves instead of colorful butterflies and sweet deers.

What a beautiful work you did here, Susan! It reminded me of Under the Garden very much! Talking about memory tricks...

Totalfeckineejit said...

" Listen my dear deer" said Dr Reliable " One of us is clearly dreaming " I just hope it's me"

Ginga Squid said...

Ooooh I like this one alot too - love the colour of the butterflies!

Titus said...

I love the picture, but to me it's the fawn that's doing the talking. Something about the radiating conkers, I think.

I do love "We need to talk about Kevin" of more recent books for Unreliable Narratorness.

Short fiction? Penelope Lively's "A Long Night at Abu Simbel" or Poppy Z. Brite's "His Mouth will Taste of Wormwood"?
Or one of my very favourite short stories, "A Visit from the Footbinder" by Emily Prager, though it's a bit longer than the other two?

Eva said...

Beyond words.

ArtSparker said...

Titus- thanks for the suggestions

Eva- and that may be just as well...

Celeste Bergin said...

the deer is listening to a doctor radio show. He wants all listening to take care of themselves. Eat right and stay physically fit.

Tomás Serrano said...

Great post, great image and great comments. Tomorrow will be the book´s day: I´ll look for some of these recommendations...

grrl + dog said...

the dear daydreams at the doctors

before deliverence.

rosedale's 4head said...

i had the privilege of taking an entire graduate course last summer on Nabokov's Lolita, and had to teach it to peer MAs, PhDs--my professor (that was tricky)!

but - how is that we arrive to intrigue...to any degree...with a pedophile?

unreliable narrators are genius!
****
this artpiece, S is devastatingly a beautiful hook!!

JJ Beazley said...

Susan, you seem to like covering women with leaves. I have a theory (another one.) Well, two actually.

a. You have an Ophelia complex.

b. You’re trying to reverse the Fall of Man.

Mmm.

Nice image, but I'm afraid the rest completely by-passed my brain cell.

underseaboat said...

This is very excellent artwork. I enjoy, as always, your lines, colors, ideas, and adventurous compositions.

parisa mahmoudi said...

Great!