Is An Unreliable Narrator In 'Thirteen Cents'

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K. Sello Duiker’s initiative behind Azure, the unreliable narrator, as the author of ‘Thirteen Cents’, is as effective in a genre such as magical realism. Azure experiences throughout the novel are unpredictable and are immediate (present tense)
An unreliable narrator according to David Lodge (Lodge), is someone who illustrates the connection between what is known and what is unknown (unconventional) leading to a novel evolving around magical realism (what appears to be Azure’s reality). With Azure as both a character as well as the narrator (first person, present tense) in the novel, David Lodge further argues that, what the character-narrator says, is as much as the reader will know. That is to say that the novel being read showing only one perspective of the events taking place, has influence towards the factor of an unreliable narrator. With the novel being read from a ‘twelve’ year old whose history motivates his understanding, perception and interpretation of the events he encounters and interprets to the reader, after all encourages the reader to think that this character-narrator is untrustworthy and naïve as argued by Chris Baldick (Baldick). Azure acts upon the unreliability when describing an animal in the mountain as, “big cats come out to see me. They have small tails and are fat” (Duiker) . The failure to accurately report what he has just witnessed, allows for the reader to question the character-narrator’s reliability, (Shen).
Azure’s facts about himself
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