Joseph O'Neill Writing Styles in The Dog

Joseph O'Neill
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Point of View

The narrative is written from one distinct point of view: X's point of view. This point of view emerges and chronicles X's time in Manhattan during the time he shared with his girlfriend, and over the course of four years while he is living and working in Dubai. This is a very effective choice for the novel, which is narcissistic in nature. This is clear when the reader shares X's thoughts on couple-dom, his relationship with Jenn, his feelings of indifference for most people, and his casual observations (almost clinical in their emotionless state).

At different times the author intrudes, using X's point of view, to direct a message to the reader about any one of the themes. The shifting between present experiences and tenses to past experiences and memories offer the reader a fuller picture of who X is, who he would like to...

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