Wallace Stegner Writing Styles in Crossing to Safety

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Point of View

The point of view in this novel is first person from the narrator's point of view. Larry is the narrator, so we get his point of view, but he is a fair narrator and we trust him because he presents stories from multiple sources. For example, he includes entire conversations about Charity and Sid from other people, such as Hallie and Moe.

This first person point of view gives readers a very intimate view of the friendship between the Langs and the Morgans. Because of this point of view, it feels as if the reader is sitting with an elderly man as he recounts his most precious memories of the most important friendship of his life.

Setting

The first half of the book visits two main settings: Madison, Wisconsin, and Battell Pond, Vermont. The Morgans and Langs meet in Madison, Wisconsin, when Sid and Larry are...

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