Posted by Cassia on October 25, 1997 at 16:21:27:
In response to narrative..., written by Kate on October 24, 1997 at 23:06:03
] ] 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.
I can agree that the Maud/Roland story drives us to the end of the book but the Lamott?Ash story carries us there also. Things from beyond the grave keep popping up: the child, the final letters, the seance. This story is definately a bi-rail system as teh stories feed on each other.
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