Barry Unsworth Writing Styles in Pascali's Island

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This novel is told from the viewpoint of Basil Pascali using a first person point of view, told uniquely through the writing of a report to his Excellency, the Sultan. Pascali's narration is filled with metaphors and symbolic descriptions of the world around him, but often has a sense of dishonesty. Pascali himself admits that his entire narrative may be fictional, in an attempt to find solace in the fall of the Empire. Often biased in opinion and scattered in thought, Pascali's narrative is effective, in that it clearly portrays his character as a confused, lonely informant, bitter with the political unrest of the period and desperately seeking acceptance. Further, his information is often highly detailed, as an informant's information would be, which allows the reader to imagine the world in which Pascali is immersed. Further, this first person narrative, told by an informant, allows necessary...

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