John Irving Writing Styles in The Cider House Rules

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The novel is in the third person point of view, but at the same time allows the reader into the minds from the perspective of the different characters. For example, at times when the narrator is telling the story, he allows us to hear the thoughts of the character in the first person. The novel swings back and forth between the present and the past. The present represents the time after Dr. Larch founds St. Cloud's. The past represents the time leading up to the founding of St. Cloud's.

The point of view of this novel is intimate, allowing the reader to connect closely with the main characters, Dr. Wilbur Larch and Homer Wells. In this manner, the book allows the reader to get inside Dr. Larch's head, viewing his thoughts and inner struggles. It also allows the reader to get inside of Homer Wells's mind. The reader...

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