George R. Stewart Writing Styles in Earth Abides

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Point of View

The book is written in third-person and the majority if from the limited perspective of only Isherwood Williams. The mechanism works for this story because it means that the reader has a view of his thoughts, ideas and actions. There are times when the limited point of view could be a distraction. For example, when two young men of the tribe go on an expedition, the reader is left to wonder about the fate of the two - just as their families were left to worry about their return. While this does make a distraction on an impatient reader, it's also effective in keeping the reader turning pages in the desire to find out what is to happen next.

There are exceptions to this limited point of view are excerpts set apart by italicized text that offer a wider explanation for things. For example, while Ish...

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