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John Irving Writing Styles in The Water-method Man

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Point of View

The point of view changes continually, often even changing in the middle of a chapter. Sometimes it is first person, with Bogus narrating his own life in the present tense. Sometimes the story is told by a third-person narrator, who tells the story as though it has already happened. This narrator sometimes names the hero as Bogus, and other times names him Trumper. There are letters written by Bogus, and there is film footage of interviews. In addition to the bizarre effect from so many different points of view, Bogus proclaims himself to be an unreliable narrator. He lies so often that he has gotten the nickname Bogus. Early in the book, Bogus says, "I am not so honest. I'm a pretty good liar, in fact. People who've really known me tend to believe me less and less. They tend to think I lie all the...

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