Yann Martel Writing Styles in The High Mountains of Portugal

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Point of View

Each of the novel’s three parts is written from a different point of view – specifically, that of each part’s protagonist. In the first part, Homeless, that protagonist is Tomas, a researcher and archivist; in the second part, Homeward, that protagonist is Eusebio, a pathologist; in the third part, Home, that protagonist is Peter, a politician. All three protagonists have experienced recent, intense grief; all three stories are told in the third person, present tense point of view, which brings the reader more immediately into the experiences of each protagonist; and all three narratives focus on the journeys taken by each protagonist towards something other than their experiences of loss.

The book’s central thematic point of view is related to those journeys. Each of the protagonists struggles in his own way to honor the love and relationships they have each lost as a...

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