V. S. Naipaul Writing Styles in The Mystic Masseur

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Point of View

The book is technically narrated by the unnamed narrator, who is a specific person and who is not actually present for the vast majority of the novel. Thus, the narrator technically functions in a manner similar to that of a limited third-person narrator. It is not clear how the narrator knows all of the details that he recounts in the novel, but one could make the argument that during the course of his and Ganesh’s meeting subsequent to the novel’s epilogue, Ganesh tells the narrator his story, and the narrator then conveys these personal details to the reader. In that case, the narration could actually be viewed as a type of distorted first-person mode that is filtered through the perspective of the narrator.

Regardless of these rather convoluted idiosyncrasies, the narrative generally remains limited to Ganesh’s personal perspective, as the narration conveys...

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