Lilian Jackson Braun Writing Styles in The Cat Who Played Post Office

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Point of View

The point of view of the novel is third person. This point of view is limited and unreliable, proven by the fact that the narrator reports not only on the events and actions of the novel but also on Qwill's thoughts and feelings. Because the reader only has access to Qwill's thoughts, the story is often misleading as his thoughts are frequently later found to be incorrect conjectures. This point of view is important to the novel since one of the obvious themes of the novel is the fact that Koko, the cat, is more intelligent than his owner, Qwill. When Qwill follows the clues he obtains from Koko, the investigation leads to real evidence and information, but when he begins to make his own wild conjectures, he learns nothing and only disgusts his cat.

The story is told using a fairly equal distribution of exposition...

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