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A new kind of novel is taking over. Is the “hindered narrator” a step forward for fiction?

By Leo Benedictus   March 2012

The story of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is told by a precocious grieving boy—in other words, a classic hindered narrator. Credit: promotional and production

The following sentence may be familiar. “I decided that the dog was probably killed with the fork because I could not see any other wounds in the dog and I do not think you would stick a garden fork into a dog after it had died for some other reason, like cancer for example, or a road accident.”

That’s Christopher, of course, who narrates The Curious Incident of the Dog…

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