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Milan Kundera Writing Styles in The Joke

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Point of View

The point of view throughout the novel is mostly from the perspective of Jahn, Jaroslav, Helena and Kostka. Interestingly, although Lucie is an integral character, she is never given her own point of view during the novel. It would have been wonderful to hear Lucie's perspective in the novel, especially to know whether or not she recognizes Jahn when he walks back into Moravia. Also, to hear her current lifestyle now with her husband would enlighten the reader as to whether or not she would be interested in hearing or talking to Jahn again.

Since Jahn is not very open with the readers during his time in the novel, other friends, such as Jaroslav and Kostka, better describe much of his history and past events. These characters and their dialogues are integral to the success of the novel and for flushing out more information about the...

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