Hubert Selby Jr. Writing Styles in Last Exit to Brooklyn

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Point of View

The author uses the third-person perspective, but generally from the perspective of individuals such as Tralala and Harry. From their perspective, the reader can see these characters have had a hard life and though they may not be likable where their behaviour is more condemning of society than it is of them as an individual. While the others characters manipulate and take advantage of their plights, their feelings towards people become increasing numb, until they can no longer hold back their true selves. If anything this is what the point of view of the stories communicates; a fractured society that isolates individuals and never lets them deal with their problems.

The author highlights this in the final story Coda where there are multiple points of views across households on the same estate and even within the same family. For example, Mike stays at home all day...

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