6 Fascinating Non-Human Narrators
Although I write strictly non-fiction, I read a great deal of fiction. Of course the majority of narrators in novels are human, and I find myself struggling at time with their believability because I spend so much time writing about what people in my life (mostly me) have thought and done.
My favorite novel of all time is Richard Adam’s classic Watership Down, about a community of anthropomorphized rabbits. I love imagining and learning about the inner workings of animals, other non-human creatures, and even inanimate objects.
Below is a list of books narrated by non-humans, which add a different angle, sometimes a creepy one, to many situations we often read as narrated by people.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Death is a fitting narrator for this young adult novel of historical fiction which is set during the Holocaust, and revolves around a young girl who steals book the Nazis want to destroy.
Delicious Foods, James Hannahaham
A woman unable to cope with her husband’s death abandons her son battles a drug addiction. This novel has multiple narrators, one of which is crack cocaine.
The Book of Chameleons – Jose Eduardo Agualusa
Narrated by a man who has been reincarnated as a gecko, this novel is a work of magical realism, translated from Portuguese, and winner of The Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2007.
Tiny Deaths – Robert Shearman
A woman who has been reincarnated as an ashtray narrates a portion of this short story collection.
The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
Our canine narrator Enzo is taking stock of his life, showing us with humor and compassion, how he came to be such a wise soul.
Holy Cow – David Duchnovny
Elsie the cow is our narrator on her journey from happy farm life to discovery of what truly happens on the farm, and her search for a better life.