William Boyd (writer) Writing Styles in The Blue Afternoon: A Novel

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Point of View

The novel is narrated by Kay Fischer, the protagonist. She relates the story from the first-person point of view. Part One and Part Three of the novel are relatively straightforward narratives in the first-person and limited perspective. In these parts, Kay acts as a relatively traditional narrator. Part One of the novel, in particular, features traditional fiction construction and plotting. Part Three of the novel features some unusual construction methods that complicate the point of view somewhat: here, Kay presents the materials as a sort of notebook or diary. Although this is interesting and useful it does not obscure the fact that Kay is the narrator, and that she has limited insight into others. Part Two of the novel is much more subtle in point of view. Here, the novel reads like a traditional third-person and omniscient narrative with a tight focus on Salvador Carriscant. However...

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