Sunday, October 09, 2011
The Narrated Novel: THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy
Does anyone write novels with almost no dialogue nowadays? And also one that stays almost exclusively in the protagonist's head.
Although it was a terrific novel, I doubt many writers could get away with this now. And it does make the story more static--you are always inside the protagonist's head and have to rely on his observations and take on almost everything. You have almost no insight into other characters because they so rarely get to speak. Another issue is that there is an almost casual racism in the book. By constantly telling us that this "nigra" was just like him, he gets away with it. Or did at the time.
This is probably the most existential novel I have read. The search for how to live a life with meaning is explored on every page.
Who does this today? Do you mind a novel written in this manner?