The Yellow Birds Style
Point of View
Kevin Powers tells his novel, The Yellow Birds, in the first-person omniscient recollection narrative, from the point of view of main character and antihero John Bartle, as though he was relating his wartime experiences to a close confidante after the fact. Because the novel deals with such grim concepts as war and death, and because the experiences of the novel are Bartle's, it is only fitting that Powers allows his main character the freedom to narrate the story. Doing this also allows the reader an intimate glimpse into the mind of a soldier, a very personal and in-depth understanding of life, love, war, and death. Readers -civilians and soldiers alike- are able to relate to Bartle, and are able to experience things the way a soldier does.
Kevin Powers sets his novel, The Yellow Birds, mainly in Iraq, and in various parts of the United States, including New Jersey, Kentucky,...