William Gaddis Writing Styles in The Recognitions

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Point of View

The point of view throughout is that of the omniscient narrator or one who hovers in the sky over New York City, Matheydrid, Ecuador, Spain, and other locales. Only occasionally does the author take the reader into interior monologue where the unedited and uncensored thoughts of characters give pulsing life to the narrative line. The great majority of the story is told without censorship as the complex choreography of the narrative unfolds. The inner and undisputed reality of characters' streams of consciousness could have provided a more solid bedrock upon which the surface tapestry of events could be hung, giving the reader a firmer grip on the story line as well as a more vivid juxtaposition of the characters' inner worlds as they conflict with the fake or unreal persona they have developed to survive. The point of view is also that of an insider within...

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