Auster, Paul Writing Styles in The Brooklyn Follies

Auster, Paul
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Point of View

The novel is technically written entirely from Nathan’s perspective, but Nathan’s interactions with other characters allow Nathan to convey aspects of other characters’ perspectives to the reader. The novel is written in the first person from Nathan’s point of view, and thus the reader only has access to information to which Nathan also has access. This includes Nathan’s thoughts and actions, as well as the actions that Nathan observes and the information that Nathan receives from other characters. This use of perspective allows the narrative to maintain an air of mystery with regards to certain dramatic aspects of the plot, such as the true nature of the manuscript forgery scheme and the events of Aurora and David’s marriage. The reader learns the truth of these things as Nathan uncovers them, thereby simulating Nathan’s own journeys of discovery.

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