Now that I think about it

Warford, Paul (2018) Now that I think about it. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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“Now That I Think About It” is a hybrid of memoir and fiction that employs magic realism to explore the shifts between childhood, adolescence and a very reluctant acceptance of adulthood. The narrator, who bears the same name as the author, details the current state of his life. Paul Warford is living a hermit-like existence dominated by sadness, marijuana and videogames. The narrator laments who he is versus who he was and tries to explain the juxtaposition between his past and current self. Recounting earliest childhood memories and the events leading up to the death of his best friend, Paul Warford seeks, if not necessarily happiness, a sense of wholeness or completion, which he hopes to find during the sometimes funny, sometimes difficult struggles to become a comedian and writer. Paul Warford seeks a reconciliation with his former selves, and the self he has become through the writing, by the memoir’s end, offering reflections on the mistakes he’s made and the insights and discoveries that surround him in the present.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 13516
Keywords: memoir, humour, magic realism, coming-of-age, funny, multiple perspectives
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Creative Writing
Date: October 2018
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Fantasy fiction, Canadian; Biographical fiction; Coming of age--Fiction.

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