Carl Hiaasen Writing Styles in Chomp

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Point of View

"Chomp" features an omniscient narrator. The thoughts and actions of all characters are available, but the narrator focuses primarily on Wahoo, Mickey, Derek, and Raven, as needed to propel the story. The narrator adds background information when necessary, as when, for example, the narrator explains the unusual circumstances surrounding Mickey's concussion (p. 1). The narrator sometimes foreshadows events or even predicts the future, as when Derek muses that he looks forward to being "poked, stung, scratched, clawed, chewed and chomped" by creatures in the Everglades, and the narrator states outright: "And he will get his wish" (p. 21). The narrator sometimes injects a bit of humor, as when Derek is bitten on the tongue by a mastiff bat and the narrator states, "The shrieks were not part of the script that he'd hastily composed on a paper napkin following the bat's unexpected arrival. The shrieks were totally spontaneous...

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