“… Homo sapiens might be Homo narrans, the storytelling person.”
Brilliant. I love this sentiment.
“Western literature is normally linear; it proceeds from beginning to end without major digressions in space or time…. Here, instead of linear narrative, there is unrestrained and exuberant storytelling that skips back and forth in time and blends together past and present. Someone who may have died long ago can intervene without any fuss in a conversation between two people who are very much alive.”