Englander, Nathan Writing Styles in Dinner at the Center of the Earth

Englander, Nathan
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Point of View

Dinner at the Center of the Earth is written primarily from the third-person omniscient point of view; however there is no single narrator. Each setting has at least one different narrator, and in that setting, the narrators are fixed. For each narrator’s repeating section, it is their interiority that is most visible to the reader. The narrative randomly shifts once each to the first and second person voice. The novel’s first chapter is written from the second person point of view; however all other sections set in “2014, Gaza Border (Israeli side)” are narrated from the third person POV. Additionally, the single shift to first-person narration occurs in a section titled “2014, Black Site (Negev Desert).” In these sections, the narrative point of view veers between the voice of Prisoner Z and that of the guard, but in this particular switch to first person, the...

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