Content Tagged ‘Joseph Conrad’

Breaking Bad’s prologue pays off

September 18, 2013 | 13 Comments

Reading ‘Gatsby’ as memoir

April 18, 2012 | 11 Comments

The power of the reflective narrator in novels & memoirs. The Great Gatsby is a touchstone book for me, as it is for many writers, so as I tried to rework my memoir’s prologue recently it was my instinct to reread the novel. I saw why—Gatsby is set up as a memoir, with narrator Nick Carraway’s musings in the first two pages functioning as a prologue. Fitzgerald’s famous opening lines set the novel’s elegiac tone in Nick’s voice: In my …

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