The narrator: Despite popular belief, "Alice" is never mentioned as the narrator's name, although another girl with the name is alluded to within the story. The book is comprised of her diary entries. She is an average teen dealing with her family's recent move. She is consumed with loneliness and low self-esteem and these are the reasons she begins experimenting with drugs and sex, mostly drugs though. She is once referred to as Carla in the whole book, but as this is the only mention of her name, we cannot be sure. The phrase "Go Ask Alice" is a reference to a song by Jefferson Airplane.
The narrator: Unnamed listener to the time traveler's tale; very inquisitive and seems to believe the time traveler.
“Or did he go forward, into one of the nearer ages ,in which men are still men, but with the riddles of our own time answered and its worrisome problems solved?”
“Truth, I have learned, differs for everybody. Just as no two people ever see a rainbow in exactly the same place -- and yet both most certain see it, while the person seemingly standing right underneath it does not see it at all -- so truth is a question of where one stands, and the direction one is looking in at the time.”
“General Ralboute had himself nearly been killed or captured in a daring night raid which had issued from the besieged city of Zhirt. Only luck and some desperate hand-to-hand fighting had prevented disaster. The general himself had had to draw sword and was within one defending aide of having the join the fray.”
“Death and disaster are at our shoulders every second of our lives, trying to get at us. Missing, a lot of the time. A lot of miles on the motorway without a front wheel blow-out. A lot of viruses that slither through our bodies without snagging. A lot of pianos that fall a minute after we've passed. Or a month, it makes no difference. So unless we're going to get down on our knees and give thanks every time disaster misses, it makes no sense to moan when it strikes. Us, or anyone else. Because we're not comparing it with anything. And anyway, we're all dead, or never born, and the whole thing really is a dream.There, you see. That's a funny side.”
To add a book to this page, search for it and add “The narrator” to its characters section.