12 August, 2009

Margo pipes up

At Vermont College of Fine Arts. Photo by Steven, from the front row.

(Doesn't look too gregarious and bubbly, does she? This must be before she got the giggles.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if there is an appropriate place to post questions about TM, or if you've answered this a thousand times, but why did you choose to give male characters first person narration and the female third person?

12 August, 2009 11:25  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Gayleen has had a pretty good stab at explaining this: 'Finally, I have to mention the complex point of view shift Lanagan employs. Some of the book is written in first person, some in third person. Oh, and the first person narrator isn't always the same character. Sound confusing? I have to admit, I thought so at first. But then I caught on to what Lanagan was doing - the point of view is actually a commentary on patriarchial society. The men in the story (even if they are secondary characters) believe they are the hero of the story - it is all about them in first person. While the women (who are the focus of the novel) have no voice, their story is told in third person.' (http://www.gayleenrabakukk.com/2009/08/tender-morsels.html)

13 August, 2009 07:26  
Blogger Julie said...

Margo - Just a quick note to let you know how thrilled we were to have you visit with us at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Your talk and reading led perfectly into the Good vs. Evil Symposium that Tim Wynne-Jones and I planned for the weekend. The continuing discussion of Tender Morsels among our students has been quite a wild ride - hooray for that, hooray for spirited conversation! I think it's a brilliant story, beautifully told. If you are ever in Seattle, Washington (my home when not in Vermont) and in need of a place to stay or a cup of coffee to linger over, please get in touch!

Julie Larios
VCFA Faculty

15 August, 2009 04:51  

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