Iain Reid Writing Styles in I'm Thinking of Ending Things

Iain Reid
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Point of View

This story is told from the first person point of view of a narrator who appears to be unreliable simply because he suffers a mental illness. This story is unique because it changes from being told by the Girlfriend, a recently created facet of Jake’s psyche. She responds to Jake and the other facets of his psyche just like a real person who had just met Jake. She learns about Jake as the reader does and feels just as confused as the reader about the contradictions and irregularities that she experiences. The narration changes from a singular point of view to a plural point of view when the Girlfriend realizes that she and the other “people” she has met are facets of Jake’s personality that make up the whole.

Scattered throughout the novel are patches of dialogue between two unidentified people who appear...

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