Cormac McCarthy Writing Styles in Child of God

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The book is told from the point of view of an omniscient third person, Lester, and other characters. At times throughout the novel, the reader knows what is going on with Lester as well as other characters in the book. The omniscient third person knows that the dumpkeeper has taken advantage of his daughters and that the sheriff is searching for the person who has been murdering young couples in the mountains. This point of view gives the reader a way to know what is going on outside of Lester's lonely existence.

Lester's point of view offers the insight to his own sordid actions and mind. The reader is let into a secret that no one else in the town has figured out yet. They all knew that Lester was kind of strange, but the reader is allowed to see the depths of his madness. Throughout...

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