Connie Willis Writing Styles in Doomsday Book

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Point of View

The book is written in two distinct styles with the majority of the book written in third person with a limited omniscient perspective. This is necessary as there are multiple characters, and the story focuses on various characters at different points in the story. The perspective is split fairly equally between Kivrin and Dunworthy, the two main characters of the story. This division is necessary because the characters are in the same physical location but are there at two different dates.

There are sections of the book that are reportedly taken from Kivrin's recordings during her time in the 1300s. These are presented as "transcripts" and are written in first person from Kivrin's point of view. This is necessary as her assignment is to record her observations. These transcriptions are her words, recorded at specific points of time, and inserted into the third-person accounts.

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