John Irving Writing Styles in The Hotel New Hampshire

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Point of View

The story is written in first person perspective from John Berry's point of view. The perspective is limited to those things John knows and is willing to share and this is sometimes very limited. Some aspects of the story are skimmed over or eliminated almost altogether. For example, there are no details of how the family gets through Christmas Day following Coach Bob's death. It's noted that he dies and the story picks up again on the following week with a New Year's party. The perspective is limited to only what John knows, but is further limited by what John chooses to share. For example, the entire week following Coach Bob's death is a blank, with John ending one section at the point when Bob dies in John's arms and picks up a week later. There's no mention of how the family gets through the Christmas...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Hotel New Hampshire from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.