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Graham Swift Writing Styles in Last Orders

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Point of View

"Last Orders" is told chapter by chapter from a different character's point of view in the first person perspective. The default character is Ray. When a chapter isn't titled with a character name, it is always Ray's perspective. Otherwise, the chapter title is usually the name of the "narrator." About half the chapters are flashbacks, while the other half are from the different character's perceptions as the story unfolds in the present. The author gives "tidbits" of current plot (which leaves the reader guessing until the later flashback explains why things are happening the way they are.) It is a very interesting reading style.

The traveling (present) chapters are mostly told from Ray's point of view. The group is taking Jack's ashes from Bermondsey to Margate and the forward chronology keeps going back to this pivotal trip. All other chapters flashback from this "current" event to...

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