‘Moments and subtleties and shadows of grey’
Reflections on the narrative mode of Fools of Fortune
in William Trevor
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Fools of Fortune is remarkable for its mode of narration, one that accommodates itself to the complexities of historical perspective explored in the novel. This chapter attempts to link William Trevor's humane and searching vision to his methods. Certainly it would be unwise to suppose that Trevor provides facile answers to what Gregory A. Schirmer refers to as the novel's 'tragic vision of human beings as fools of fortune'. Trevor's own 'art of the glimpse' is in evidence throughout Fools of Fortune, a novel that 'deals in moments and subtleties and shadows of grey', as it addresses questions of choice and chance, and the longing for freedom and love. Marianne Willie subscribes to the idea that they are 'Fools of fortune', yet there are fascinating complications to her apparent belief that they are victims.

William Trevor



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