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.


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.


1 Comment

  1. Lea Christensen

    May 7, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Art of Racing is one of my all time favorites!! One I would add is Tale of Desperaux, by Kate DiCamilo. All of her works are gorgeous!

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