Erika Swyler Writing Styles in The Book of Speculation

Erika Swyler
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Point of View

There are five points of view throughout the novel: Simon, Amos, Evangeline, Peabody, and Madame Ryzhkova. These cover two distinct storylines: the one taking place in modern day, and the one taking place in the past, in roughly the late 18th Century. The main point of view in modern day is Simon's, and it is told in first person, in present tense. The past storyline shifts primarily between Amos and Evangeline, though it occasionally goes to Peabody, and Madame Ryzhkova, and is told in third person in past tense. These past points of view represent the important members of the main three families that will be connected by the curse. This is paralleled in the last chapter, when the points of view in the modern-day storyline shift from Simon to Churchwarry and then Alice, the descendants of Evangeline, Ryzhkova, and Peabody, respectively, bringing the connection...

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