Ivan Doig Writing Styles in Dancing at the Rascal Fair

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Point of View

The story is written in first person from the perspective of Angus McCaskill, a young Scotsman who has traveled to America in search of an opportunity to build a better life for himself. An interesting aspect of the perspective is that Angus is writing the story to Rob and Verick, though he is writing it upon Rob's death years after their arrival in America. Verick is the son of Angus and Adair. While the story is presented merely as a story, Angus often talks of "you" seeing some particular site or acting in some particular way. The "you" he's referring to in the early part of the book is Rob. This isn't generally a problem, though the story will be clearer to the reader if the reader keeps in mind that Angus is speaking from his memories and is speaking to Rob or Verick. This perspective...

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