Colum McCann Writing Styles in Let the Great World Spin: A Novel

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Point of View

"Let the Great World Spin" is written either from the first or third-person perspective, depending on the chapter. The author is successful in creating several main characters and, no matter which point of view the chapter is written in, the author's clear and vivid descriptions provides the reader with an exact picture of how each character thinks, feels, and reasons. When the chapter is written in the first person perspective, the author tends to use more dialogue that contains sexual and/or foul language.

When the chapter is written in the third person perspective, the author tends to flashback more often to the character's memories and the chapters contain more passages that explain the character's thought process. Because each chapter focuses primarily on one character, the author takes the opportunity to fully develop each character. Each character was enhanced if they were mentioned in other chapters...

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