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Fri, Jun. 25th, 2004, 10:59 pm

I need to follow some footsteps. First, I need a little help finding them.
I’m writing a novel with different first person POVs for each chapter. I’m quite happy with what I have already accomplished. Unfortunately, this next chapter I’m working on is frustrating because of an attribute the character didn’t reveal until I had already started writing.
Don’t you just hate that about good characters? Jerks! Thinking they can just write themselves…
Right—on to the point of frustration.

I have Hamilton narrating the events at a wedding reception, taking pride in the knowledge that he’s able to control his urges and only sip at the champagne. Most everyone else is doing their best to reenact the Masque of the Red Death as far as he is concerned.
Hamilton gets up to leave, placing the glass down on the table creating a sixth liquid ring in the tablecloth.

The difficulty? I decided mid-chapter that Hamilton would indeed be a in-denial functional alcoholic! I don’t know if I will be able to add subtle clues such as the liquid rings throughout his chapters or not. Other characters will know, but they won’t know the degree of his addiction nor will they interact with him most of the time.

Does anybody know of any books out there, written in the first person, involving an addiction (alcohol, drugs, Nintendo!) in which the narrator is unaware of his or her addiction while still aware of their surroundings and actions?

The closest I can think of is Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but that doesn’t quite match what I’m looking for.

Any suggestions out there? Please?

Sat, Jun. 26th, 2004 08:52 am (UTC)

So, a man suitably in denial about his affliction, even though most people think he's got it, even though they might not know it's severity . . .

I can't think of anything at the moment. Melville's Bartelby comes to mind, but I don't think that has anything to do with what you're talking about.

Wed, May. 16th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)

choke by chuck palanuik.