Robert Harris (novelist) Writing Styles in Fatherland

Robert Harris (novelist)
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Fatherland is written in the third person omniscient point of view which means that an unknown narrator is telling the story and sometimes lets the readers into the thoughts and feelings of certain characters. The author gives details about settings and events as though narrating but will interject personal thoughts from the characters, especially the main character, Xavier March. These personal thoughts are not available or known to any other characters which make them private and let only the reader in on the true thoughts and feelings. A good example of this is at the end of the story when March knowingly leads the SS officers following him and Max on the autobahn. Neither Max nor the officers know that the real reason for March's course direction is to steer them in the opposite direction from the one Charlie is taking. This choice of style is...

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