Linda and Becca mentioned the letter format of the Guernsey book. What do you think of epistolary novels? Have you read many? Do you think this was a good structure for presenting this story? What are some of the benefits and drawbacks?
I don’t think I have read many epistolary novels. There’s a list of other such novels posted on the Guernsey book website at Random House. (Lots of other interesting things there, too, by the way.)
I listened to the audio book, and I had some difficulty early on because I couldn’t remember who was who, and I couldn’t just flip back for a glimpse of a character’s earlier letters. Sometime in Part 2 of the story, I wound up starting over from the beginning because I needed to sort out some of the earlier info. At that point, I had a better grasp of the characters. The story fell into place, and it was smooth sailing, but I needed that repetition.
There’s no question that seeing the words and hearing the words are two different experiences, and individuals respond differently to those experiences. Some people are better listeners; some people are better readers. Also, I tend to feel that audio book readers can make or break some stories. I adored the readers of this book!
I happen to like stories told from multiple perspectives, the piecing together of a story shared by several characters. Would the story have been much different had it been told from multiple points of view but not in the form of letters?