Alan Hollinghurst

Writing in the first person can be claustrophobic—everything that happens in the book is notionally filtered through the narrator, and one can long for the fresh air of another perspective. One can luxuriate in the peculiar world of a character, but there are limitations. Ironizing that person’s experience is difficult. You need perhaps a candid old friend of the narrator who can tell a few truths the narrator prefers to ignore.
— Alan Hollinghurst, The Paris Review (Winter 2011)