(urth) Gene Wolfe In Depth Look at "A Dribble of Ink"

jbarach at aol.com jbarach at aol.com
Mon Jul 28 14:33:47 PDT 2014

What does Gerwel mean when he says that Wolfe is an "unreliable author"?  I understand that Wolfe's narrators are unreliable, so that Wolfe is a writer who creates unreliable narrators.  But to say that Wolfe is an "unreliable author" suggests that you can't rely on Wolfe to give proper clues, to follow through with things, to make sense, and so on.  

I guess if I thought an author was really unreliable, at least, beyond a certain limit, I wouldn't bother with him.  If I thought that he was so unreliable that sometimes for no reason at all he'd have a person speak as if he were someone else or call someone by the wrong name, I wouldn't go on reading him.  But it seems to me that Wolfe is a reliable author who has a reason for the things he's doing (barring occasional typos and mistakes), even though his narrators (like all true narrators) aren't completely reliable and sometimes are downright tricksy.  

The unreliable author is no fun to read; the reliable author with unreliable narrator is.





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Aidan Moher brings Chris Gerwel to his site to give an overview of GW's work.


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