Marlon James Writing Styles in A Brief History of Seven Killings

Marlon James
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Point of View

This story is told from the first person point of view of a variety of different narrators. These narrators include gang members John-John K, Weeper, Bam-Bam and Demus; CIA station officer Barry Diflorino; Papa-Lo, the don of Copenhagen City; Josey Wales, whose plan is to take over the world; Alex Pierce, a news reporter; and Tristan Phillips, an inmate and gang member who is interviewed by Alex. All of these characters with the exception of Tristan narrate their portions of the story as a stream of consciousness. Their stories are basically recordings of their own thoughts about the things they have seen, experienced or heard about. Tristan’s sections alone are spoken narratives. These sections record his responses to interview questions posed to him by Alex. Because these narrators tell only what parts they know of the particular circumstances, they are unreliable narrators. However, since...

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