We vs Me

Did you notice right away that Then We Came to the End is written in the first person plural? It’s we, not I. Does this change your impressions of the book at all? Why do you think Joshua Ferris did this? Do you like this storytelling perspective? 

Other books that are narrated from this point of view are The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, and Our Kind by Kate Walbert. Laura Miller has an interesting take on it in her NYT piece “The Last Word: We, the Characters”:

“All this makes the first-person-plural narrator both a risky proposition and a striking effect, if a writer can pull it off.”

How well does Ferris pull it off?


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