Isabel Allende Writing Styles in The House of the Spirits

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Point of View

The novel features two points of view with each adapted to a distinctive voice and narrator. The most common point of view featured is that of third-person, limited, and is used by Alba de Satigny, the principle narrator. Alba uses as her source materials written notes and letters of her mother and grandmother and a few other undocumented family heirlooms (presumably certificates, diplomas, and so forth). She claims for herself narrative infallibility and often discloses interior thoughts of other characters because such thoughts are recorded in her source materials. However, many aspects of her narrative are unlikely to have been recorded in such depth and complexity in any contemporaneous account and one imagines therefore that Alba is crafting a fiction around the history of her family. Of course this is all meta-fictional, and represented within the novel itself.

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