Anita Desai Writing Styles in Fasting, Feasting

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The novel is written in the third person limited point of view. This means that the author tells the story from an objective position, as if viewing the story's events without benefit of any thoughts or feelings coming directly from the individual characters. The author presents the chain of events in the story and then interjects what the characters may be thinking or experiencing based on their reactions, facial expression, and tone of voice. This point of view is especially pertinent for the content of the novel, which revolves around the issue of repression, especially for the female characters. The women are not allowed authentic voices in their homes or their societies. So the author restricts what the reader can know to mimic the repression experienced by the characters.

Typically, when writing in this point of view, an author will select one character upon whom to...

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