Norman Mailer Writing Styles in Harlot's Ghost

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Harlot's Ghost is told almost entirely from the point of view of Harry Hubbard. It is written in the first person. However, though Harry tells the story, various other characters also have the chance to narrate sections of the novel, particularly Kittredge, Cal, and Harlot. For the most part, Harry is an extremely reliable narrator; we can trust what he presents to us, except in that his knowledge, as a junior member of the Central Intelligence Agency, is from time to time necessarily limited and so we do not always have the full information about his operations. However, we find out additional information as he does, and, though he has to protect many different secrets and Agency findings, he writes them all down for the reader, as he is ostensibly writing two autobiographies that detail all of his operations with the Agency, as well as his...

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