John Irving Writing Styles in Avenue of Mysteries

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Point of View

The story is written in third person from a mostly limited point of view. Throughout the majority of the book, the reader knows only what Juan Diego knows. This limitation means the reader never knows some specific details. For example, Lupe apparently commits suicide by climbing into a lion's cage and enticing the lion to bite her. Juan Diego didn't see the event and so the reader only knows the information Juan Diego is able to share. Juan Diego also doesn't know exactly why Lupe took this course of action, which means the reader never knows for certain either. It seems likely that Lupe's decision was based on her hatred of Ignacio and her desire for Juan Diego to have a different life. It can be assumed that she knew her death would begin a series of events that would lead to Ignacio's death and...

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