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  1. Hubardo

    Hubardo Contributing Member Contributor

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    First person narrative present tense fiction recommendations

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Hubardo, May 21, 2014.

    i've read a couple of chuck palahniuk books now because that's the most common style that he writes in and i'm looking for more like it. hello
     
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    Most people put the "hello" at the beginning of the post, but I guess the end works as well.

    Try The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. I know for a fact it's written in present tense, but I'm not sure about the first person. There's another book written by a South American writer (this one I'm 100% sure meets the criteria), but I don't remember the name of either the author or the book. :( If I do remember, I'll be sure to post it.
     
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    Am reading bits of Namesake on Amazon and it's in past tense, but it's pretty gripping!
     
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    Hmm. I was pretty sure a significant chunk of it was written in present tense. Actually, it looks like it uses present tense throughout. I searched "Namesake present tense" on Google and got a bunch of hits saying just that. But it's written in third person, not first.
     
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    Brainfart. That's what I meant. It's present tense but in third person. Bah.
     
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    I don't know about Chuck Palahniuk, but a good chunk of Murakami's 'Kafka on the Shore' is written in first person present tense and it's a beautiful book.
     
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    urgh! the library just closed! the only murakami i've been exposed to is 1Q84, which i listened to on audiobook. would love to see what he can do in that more present, faster paced narrative form... on my list!!
     
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    From what I've read, only Chuck has ever done it that well. The Hunger Games made me never want to see it again.
     
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    OK the local bookstore had Kafka On The Shore so I just picked it up. It was a steep $15 but I figured I should support local bookstores. :D
     
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    @lewislewis : I haven't read IQ84' but both 'Kafka on the Shore' and 'Wind-up Bird Chronicles' are incredibly beautiful stories. Like nothing I ever read before.
     
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    only about 15 pages into it but so far so good!
     
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    You are in for a treat @lewislewis. I wept when I finished, I was so sad it was over. I hope you like it! :)
     
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    @jazzabel such a serendipitous recommendation! i'm writing a story with a librarian MC and have been wondering if there are any books around with librarian characters. Oshimi's function as a librarian who can reference literature to make sense of what's happening in Kafka's life is a really clever trick Murakimi's using, and i think i'm going to work with that for my own story. so cool!

    loving this book. thanks so much.
     
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