Pearl, Nancy Writing Styles in George and Lizzie

Pearl, Nancy
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Point of View

The novel is narrated by a close third-person omniscient narrator. The narrative voice is unobtrusive and does not act as a wall between the reader and the characters. The thoughts of the characters often seep right into the narrative voice, and at times the characters’ voices and the narrator’s voice seem to blend into one. This allows the reader an inside glimpse into the head of most of the novel’s characters rather than only being guided through the story by the view of one of the characters.

Even though Lizzie does not narrate the story herself, the book mostly follows narrated events surrounding Lizzie and describing Lizzie’s inner-dialogue. Her thoughts are entertaining, snide, witty, and pessimistic. The narrator lets the reader into Lizzie’s head and we get to know her intimately through the story. We follow her journey through the healing...

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