Still Life with Woodpecker - Interlude Summary & Analysis

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Interlude Summary

The WriterNarrator complains that his Remington SL3 is malfunctioning, and that he would trade it in for another model but at the point he is writing there are no open stores. He says he might as well force himself, and the typewriter, to the finish of the story. He confesses to wanting to leave the reader with one perfect sentence, but feels he doesn't have time. Instead says thank you and have a nice day to the reader and pushes on.

Interlude Analysis

The primary purpose of this interlude is to create suspense by interrupting the narrative, a technique employed at several key points throughout the novel. Interjecting an apparent diversion (The Writer's doubts about his story) at the point when the story is evidently about to change direction (Leigh-Cheri has made an incredibly important decision) creates an increased desire in the reader...

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