Alexander McCall Smith

Start Free Trial

In "No Place to Park" by Alexander McCall Smith, who is telling the story?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Alexander McCall Smith 's “No Place to Park” is a crime story about a crime author writing a crime story. The author in question, George Harris, has decided to write a crime story about traffic violations in an effort to escape a genre in which murder is impossible to avoid....

See
This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

Alexander McCall Smith's “No Place to Park” is a crime story about a crime author writing a crime story. The author in question, George Harris, has decided to write a crime story about traffic violations in an effort to escape a genre in which murder is impossible to avoid. Harris finds that art imitates life when, while researching for his book, he shadows a traffic cop. With the utmost seriousness, the traffic officer takes Harris through several ticketable offenses. However, Harris can’t escape murder even while researching the smallest of crimes. When an illegally parked car makes a speedy getaway, Harris and the officer quickly spot a dead body stowed under the spot where the car was just parked.

The short story takes place in the third person, meaning that the narrator is not one specific character who speaks from his or her personal experience. However, the narrative centers on the experiences of author George Harris. The story opens up with a revelation that he has at a writer’s conference. The narrative then explores his relationship with his girlfriend, Frizzie, and follows him on his creative journey as he begins his newest book. While Harris isn’t the narrator per se, the reader experiences the story from his point of view.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team