Sunday, September 20, 2009

2005 : 12 "The Bagman's Gambit" by The Decemberist

My favorite device in literature is the unreliable narrator. I love the idea that the narrator is lying to me for some reason. I still meet people who find this idea unthinkable. They think the unreliable narrator makes fiction fall apart.

At some point I started to think that the narrator in "The Bagman's Gambit" might be unreliable. There is something about this story that is so fantastic, I could see it is all happening in the mind of the narrator. I like the song more because I am not sure if the narrator is lying to me or not.

Rich Thomas

Listen: The Decemberists >> "The Bagman's Gambit"

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