Monday, June 05, 2017

Reader's Diary #1601- Ed Lately: Remain

It's a common debate as to whether or not a likeable protagonist is necessary and if such a subjective measure should even enter into literary discussion. I'm of the mind that it usually is relevant, but Ed Lately's "Remain" provides an example where it is not essential. I didn't like that narrator, but I liked the story.

That said, it presents a hurdle right up front. The narrator/protagonist is long-winded, navel gazing, pretentious, and fancies himself a bit of a philosopher. But should one stick with it, once more details of the story are presented, it's quite an interesting tale of infidelity and the cynically humorous way the couple attempts to move forward.

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