Kate Atkinson Writing Styles in A God in Ruins

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Point of View

"A God in Ruins" is told from an omniscient narrator's point of view. Every word, thought, and action of every character is on display for the reader throughout the entire novel. Even when the story is being told from one person's perspective, information about other characters is thrown in because the narrator knows everything. It's as though the entire story is laid out and when a future piece impacts a present piece, it is given to the reader.

The perspective helps the reader wholly understand the narrative. The main character's life is told mostly through the stories of his legacy, his daughter and his two grandchildren. Since the story is revealed to be fiction within fiction - meaning the story itself is a figment of Teddy's imagination - having the whole story as the narrative goes along is helpful to the reader.

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