Richard Flanagan Writing Styles in The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Richard Flanagan
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Point of View

The story is written from the omniscient perspective of the narrator but is limited by the author's decision to reveal specific details about the characters. A major example of this is seen when Keith confronts Amy about her affair with Dorrigo and gives Amy the false information that Dorrigo has died in a POW camp. Amy leaves their rooms after the conversation and goes downstairs. A short time later, there's an explosion that kills Keith and the reader is led to believe that Amy might have caused the explosion, or that she was at least killed in it. It's not until much later that Amy's perspective of this is revealed. She was actually at a beach where she had sometimes gone with Dorrigo. The reader is left to believe that Amy dies in the pub until much later in the book. Another aspect of this...

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