On hindered narrators

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“Every story told by an ‘I’ implies some limitation, but books like [The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon] take this further. These narrators are conspicuously powerless, often children or disabled people; usually their prose is full of (what the reader hitherto had thought were) errors. They are, in short, the world’s least likely authors. The poet and novelist Nick Laird has used the phrase ‘hindered narrator,’ which describes it well.”

—Leo Benedictus in the March 2012 issue of Prospect Magazine

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