José Saramago Writing Styles in Blindness

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Point of View

The novel is written from a complex point of view that can perhaps best be described as the often-transparent fusion between the atypical first person, plural, and the traditional third-person points of view. The narrator is completely omniscient and frequently reveals the inner thoughts and feelings of characters as well as providing frequent and heavy foreshadowing of significant developments. The novel's atypical point of view joins numerous other bizarre or atypical aspects of construction and assists to make the novel a unique reading experience.

For the most part the novel reads as a traditional third-person, omniscient, narrative - but there are numerous subtle intrusions of a different narrative style. For example, in one scene three women on an apartment balcony bathe naked in the rain during daylight hours - consider the passage "[M]y God, how the rain is pouring down on them, how it...

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