Magical Realism II
This is the second synopsis that I use as a general reference for the genre of "Magical Realism." These excerpts, along with the general structure are from the online article, What is Magical Realism, Really? by Bruce Holland Rogers.
In his article, Bruce Holland Rogers provides a list of three ways that texts dealing with Magical Realism present their world views: non-linear time, subjective causality, and the idea that the magical is, in fact, quite ordinary.
He is also careful to note that Magical Realism isn't speculative, but presents a different perspective on the world than a conventional world-view provides. According to Rogers, it is the understanding that this world-view isn't unusual at all from the perspective of its inhabitants that delineates Magical Realism from fantasy:
A fantasy about southwestern Indian witches allows you to put down the book with perhaps a little shiver but reassurance that what you just read is made up. Magical realism leaves you with the understanding that this world of witches is one that people really live in and the feeling that maybe this view is correct.
But the literature at its best invites the reader to compassionately experience the world as many of our fellow human beings see it.
I have been particularly attracted to the potential of Magical Realism to share and shed light upon different world views in a way designed to let the reader make their own decisions on what they believe.
Rogers, Bruce Holland
What is Magical Realism, Really?