The Interrogative Mood by Padgett Powell

The Interrogative Mood

Padgett Powell

I was bemused and amused by this quirky and utterly original 'novel' that defies all conventions of the novel form. On the face of it, it appears to be nothing more than an aimless list of questions posed by a nameless narrator. But upon closer inspection, I began to gain an intriguing insight into the person behind the questions, whilst learning more than a little about myself along the way.

Extract

Do you travel in better underwear than you wear on a daily basis? Are you less likely to pay for a manicure or a pedicure? With what frequency do you drink a commercial milk shake?

Parallels
  • Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? by New Scientist
  • If by Rudyard Kipling