Writing Techniques in A Light in the Window

Jan Karon
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Much of the novel follows this pattern: separation, loneliness, and introspection, followed by joyful, but brief, reunions.

The effect is a gradual change in Father Tim's character. No longer does he find refuge in religion and introspection. He needs Cynthia to complete his life and make it whole.

Karon breaks her twenty-one chapters into brief segments, some no longer than a paragraph. The effect is like reading Father Tim's diary or daily journal, except that Karon writes from a third-person point of view, rather than first person.

Several episodes do not further the plot, especially those involving Miss Sadie's reminiscences over her mother's hats and the fresco in the Ferngate ballroom.

Except for brief mention, Homeless Hobbes remains in the cabin at the edge of town, and Absalom Greer stays in his country store. Both of these men assume surrogate ministries that Father Tim seems unable to fill...

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