Stories like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn often have large time gaps between narration. Days, weeks, or even years might pass between chapters or scenes in stories such as these.

What word or phrase can be used to describe such a story?

  • Narratives written in sandwiched-lean-time? – Blessed Geek Aug 26 '14 at 1:20

The term is episodic novel. It means a story that consists of a sequence of mostly self-contained incidents, usually connected by the main character(s).

  • Thank you! I had heard this term before, but I simply could not remember it. – ntomlin1996 Aug 26 '14 at 4:06
  • This does not indicate time gaps though. – ermanen Aug 27 '14 at 19:15
  • @ermanen: In truly self-contained episodes, the amount of time between them can be arbitrary. It is up to the author to indicate through dialogue or exposition the "where and when". Episodes do not even have to be presented in chronological order. – jxh Aug 27 '14 at 19:31
  • It can happen in non-episodic novel too. – ermanen Aug 27 '14 at 19:37
  • @ermanen: I am not sure I understand your point. What can happen? – jxh Aug 27 '14 at 19:44

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