Writing Techniques in The Stars My Destination

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Stylistically, The Stars My Destination is even more ambitious than The Demolished Man, although the devices that Bester employs in his second novel are the same as or an extension of those that he used in his first novel.

The most obvious, and initially the most striking, element is again typography, the utilization of different fonts (type faces) and patterns to replicate as closely as possible on the printed page the sensory effect of synaesthesia that Gully experiences. Synaesthesia is "that rare condition in which perception receives messages from the objective world and relays these messages to the brain, but there in the brain the sensory perceptions are confused with another" (The Stars My Destination).

Thus, Gully sees sounds and hears shadows, and words with different sized letters undulate across the page to represent physically a sensory phenomenon.

Less superficially evident, but more effective in conveying the essence...

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