multiple narrative

Continuing with the theme of multiple narrative I will describe its use in those novels where two or more separate stories run through the book, seemingly with little or no connection at the beginning. Only at the end of the book does the reader the revelation of their convergence. One of my favourites in this style is Transition by Ian Banks. An alternative method of applying this device, and possibly a little more common, is by connecting the characters more closely, i.e. a man leaves his wife (who was the first narrator) and is later revealed to be the son causing much consternation to another narrator. This last could of course have a connection to the first, and so on. Naturally, I’d like to have time to experiment with this style.