In Watermelon Sugar Questions and Answers
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Is the narrator reliable in In Watermelon Sugar?

The surrealism of In Watermelon Sugar makes it hard to make definitive conclusions about the reliability of the narrator. The reader must take him at his word to follow the fantastical twists and turns of the story but also use their own morals to analyze what he is saying.

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The reader isn’t given much information about the narrator, so it’s hard to judge whether he is being honest (and therefore reliable). In Watermelon Sugar is a postmodern novel, characterized by its experimental form and the narrator’s acknowledgment that he’s telling a story to an audience. The narrator admits to being mysterious from the beginning of the novel: “I guess you are kind of curious as to who I am, but I am one of those who do not have a regular name. My name depends on you. Just call me whatever is in your mind.” In this passage, he essentially tells the reader that the interpretation of this text is up to them.

The narrator doesn’t try to mislead the reader, but at the same time, this is a completely foreign,...

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