Gabrielle Zevin Writing Styles in Elsewhere

Gabrielle Zevin
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Point of View

The novel is written in the third-person point of view. The narrator in the prologue is Lizzie's dog, Lucy, who does not understand what has happened to Lizzie. The narrator then becomes Lizzie as she wakes on the Nile and struggles to accept her own reality. As the novel continues, most of the novel is told from Lizzie's point of view, but there are a few times when the author moves into Betty's point of view or Curtis' or Owen's. The author does this so that the reader can see the plot in full, even things that Lizzie is not aware of and cannot tell the reader.

The point of view of this novel is strong, but not necessarily consistent. When the author moves into the mind of Betty Bloom early in the novel, it is an abrupt shift that can confuse the reader. The majority...

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