Douglas Coupland Writing Styles in Microserfs

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Point of View

The point of view (POV) is first person, and because of this, the POV is limited. The reader must depend upon Daniel's honesty in expression and accuracy in perception. Generally, readers start out trusting a first person narration unless something happens to cast doubt. With Daniel, he never stumbles over self-contradiction. This maintains the reader's trust.

Daniel sees the world as a young man in his latter twenties. He is part of the high-tech industry, but only in a casual way. He makes a living through programming and does not let it consume his entire psyche, as do most of the other characters. The reader learns this by what Daniel thinks, not by what others think about him other than what Daniel reports. He constantly questions and analyzes the situations and environments in the high-tech industry, usually with a sarcastic wit.

The narrator feels compassion for...

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