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Fiction abounds with unreliable narrators, from the doctor in Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd to the unnamed narrator in Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuck. Which is your favourite?

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was the first Agatha Christie book I ever read and it knocked my socks off. Some other books with unreliable narrators I liked are Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane and Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley.
My two favorites are the governess from _The Turn of the Screw_ and Humbert Humbert from _Lolita_. In my certainty that I am right about EVERYTHING, I have very little patience for anyone who claims the governess is meant to be reliable (and there are lots of respectable types who claim just that). And I judge very, very harshly anyone who ever refers to _Lolita_ as a love story, rather than a catalogue of one man's destructive delusions.

Yes, Lolita is definitely not a love story. It's just not.
? Do people say it's a love story????
Great book tho not a love story....
Lydia, I have honestly heard people make that assertion. I just...uck.
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Mitch Albom. He shows everything from the character's perspective, and you learn along with them.
I recently read a book called Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, and Nick, the main character, is my favourite unreliable narrator. The book is amazing and disturbing all at the same time.
Patricia Highsmith does a few like that (little tales of Misogyny has a great one). Confederacy of Dunces? Does that count? Also there's a Swedish crime author who has some one die in the first person - you think they're a new character and then it suddenly stops mid sentence and you turn the page and the police are doing his crime scene (from the other detectives voice). Brilliant!
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