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    Books written in first person

    Hi,
    Could I get some recommendations for books written in the first person by more than one character (in the same book). I know there are tons of them but I'm currently drawing a blank.
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    The Great Gatsby.
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    Deadly by Morris Gleitzman and Paul Jennings.

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    Gone Girl. The Crystal Gryphon. Do you have a genre in mind? There's a fair number.

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    Election by Tom Perrotta.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillSauger View Post
    The Great Gatsby.
    Was my copy of Gatsby missing some chapters, or do I just not remember it corrrectly?
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    If you read historical fiction, some great ones I recently encountered, by A.L. Berridge: Honour and the Sword and In the Name of the King (both set in the 17c) and Into theValley of Death (19c).

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    A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

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    The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver. Told by a family, with different chapters by different members. Very good book
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffo20 View Post
    Was my copy of Gatsby missing some chapters, or do I just not remember it corrrectly?
    The opening words from the Great Gatsby:

    In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
    Though many people never really noticed Nick much. That's why I call him a "camera" narrator.
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    Little Bee by Chris Cleave

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    Not sure what genres you read, but I really enjoyed On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves. She alternates between two first person narrators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanteExplorer View Post
    Hi,
    Could I get some recommendations for books written in the first person by more than one character (in the same book). I know there are tons of them but I'm currently drawing a blank.
    thanks
    Quote Originally Posted by WillSauger View Post
    The opening words from the Great Gatsby:

    In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.
    Though many people never really noticed Nick much. That's why I call him a "camera" narrator.
    And I don't see this as an example of what Dante was looking for. Gatsby is written in the first person from Nick's perspective alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillSauger View Post
    The Great Gatsby.
    I don't think

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillSauger View Post
    The opening words from the Great Gatsby:



    Though many people never really noticed Nick much. That's why I call him a "camera" narrator.
    Yea, he's a camera narrator sure (a la in the Brothers Karamazov), but the story is told from his vantage point, no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemma James View Post
    Not sure what genres you read, but I really enjoyed On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves. She alternates between two first person narrators.
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    Reservation Road by John Burnham Schwartz - two first-person narrators plus a third viewpoint in close third.

    Dark Eden by Chris Beckett (SF novel with about eight first-person POVs, two main ones with the others having a few or in some cases just one chapter each. Not entirely sure it works myself, though the novel has had some strong reviews.)

    The Ant Colony by Jenny Valentine is a YA novel with two first-person narrators

    The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness is YA SF. The first volume, The Knife of Never Letting Go has one narrator, The Ask and the Answer has two and Monsters of Men has three.
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    How to Eat a Cupcake - Meg Donohue

    I can think of a bunch of chick lit examples.

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