“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

What makes someone mute? Well – a lot of things. They could actually be mute, having never been born with or lost their ability to speak, or they could have chosen a vow of silence – for the whole book or just a part of it. (And it could be a literal muteness or a figurative one, too.) Regardless of the reason, here are my five four* favorite.

1. Amy from The Passage by Justin Cronin
2. Chief Bromden from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
3. Dana from Talk Talk by T.C. Boyle
4. Melinda from Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

*(Because I’m only including four, here are two more mute narrators that I’ve heard so much about but have never read: Chris from Lock In by John Scalzi and Jean-Dominique from The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death by Jean-Dominique Bauby.)

Have your own five favorite mute narrators? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

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