Shirley MacLaine Writing Styles in Out on a Limb

Shirley MacLaine
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Perspective

This novel is written as a type of memoir, or autobiography, of the life of Shirley MacLainer. Therefore, the author's perspective is a highly personal one. Shirley shares with the reader ideas that she is aware the reader might not easily accept because she herself had trouble accepting them. However, the evidence is so overwhelming that Shirley feels she has no recourse except to share her experiences with the world.

The perspective of this novel is interesting based on the subject matter. The book begins as a memoir, similar to two other memoirs the author writes before it. However, the book quickly becomes something more, a story of self discovery that shares with the reader ideas of spirituality that are far reaching and often difficult for people in a modern society to understand. No matter what perspective the reader takes, however, Maclaine's is a personal perspective that is...

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