The narrator, who provides directions for the staging/reading of this stereophonic novel.
The producer, who chooses which and how many of the novel’s ten “tracks” (A-J) to air.
The listener, who is able to adjust the balance and volume of the audio production.
The readers, who possess greater freedom and mobility than the listener. They are able to follow one or more of the novel’s ten tracks, separately or together, and to adjust the “volume,” according to the narrator’s directions, from very soft to very loud.
The announcer, the voice positioned at the center, providing background and describing the contemporary scene and events. The announcer eventually comes to comment on the characters—always, however, by type, never by name.
The reader, also located at center of the audio performance and printed text. This voice alternates with that of the announcer, reading descriptions of Niagara from three works by Viscount François-René de Chateaubriand.
The old married couple
The old married couple, who are returning to Niagara Falls after thirty years. They see how it has changed and how they have changed. Over the course of the novel’s twelve chapters (one for each month, April to March, alternately or concurrently and stereophonically covering a two-day period), the names of the old couple introduced in chapter 2 will change, though their role (as the old married couple) will remain the same. Thus, as the year and novel progress, the Charles and Diana of chapter 2 become or flow into Chris and Delia, Clem and Dorothy, Clifford and Deidre, Cary and Dora, Charlton and Doris, Claudius and Dollie, and Clinton and Dolly.
Just-marrieds, introduced in chapter 2, who cross the border into Canada and into marriage, devoting themselves to each...
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