Jonathan Lethem Writing Styles in A Gambler's Anatomy

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Point of View

The novel is narrated by a third-person narrator, but for most of the story, the narrator relates only Bruno’s thoughts and experiences. Therefore, while the narrator is a third-person entity technically separate from the protagonist, it essentially functions as if Bruno himself were narrating. The narrator never gives the thoughts or perspectives of other characters except for a few instances, but even these instances could arguably count as Bruno’s perspective as well by way of Bruno’s supposed telepathic powers. When the narrative describes Bruno’s operation from Behringer’s point of view, this seems like a perspective shift, but when Bruno says afterwards that he experienced the operation through Behringer’s perspective using telepathy, this reveals that the operation may still have been through Bruno’s perspective, only seeming like Behringer’s perspective because the two points of view had merged telepathically...

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