Lilian Jackson Braun Writing Styles in The Cat Who Turned on and Off

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Point of View

The story is recounted from the third-person point of view of Qwilleran, who is the central character and a detective. The narrative focuses solely on his experiences, insights, and reactions with those of the other characters perceived and described according to his outlook.

There are two levels of meaning to consider here. The first is more technical, in that this point of view gives the reader a chance to essentially investigate alongside the detective, to see and hear and come to understand in the same way, with the same tools, and drawing the same conclusions. In short, it is a point of view that draws the reader in. The second level of meaning, on the other hand, is more thematic than technical in relevance where the point of view is defined by character as opposed to narrative technique.

To be specific, at the beginning of the...

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