Posted by Kate on October 24, 1997 at 23:06:03:
In response to Past, present; present, past, written by Karen R on October 24, 1997 at 17:37:16
] Byatt, our omniscient narrator, knows better then to allow this to continue. She presents the letters in the order in which they were written because that's the way it should be.
But she challenges our conventional idea of narrative too. By letting us know the end of one story right at the beginning. So while it all hangs together, the different layers are revealed at different times... and in the end it's the Roland/Maud narrative that drives you through the book.
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