Colum McCann Writing Styles in Thirteen Ways of Looking

Colum McCann
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Point of View

Most of the stories ("Treaty," "Sh'Khol," and "What Time") within this collection make use of a semi-omniscient narrator who narrates in present tense. This is clear through the narrator's ability to reveal the thoughts and feelings on the main characters, but not of other minor characters. This type of narration does not occur in "Thirteen Ways of Looking." During half of the chapters, the story is narrated by Peter Mendelssohn in the present tense. In the other half of the chapters, the narration shifts to a third person omniscient narrator. The omniscient nature of the narrator becomes very clear when the narrator explains exactly what Dandinho and Pedro did after work, including making some sot of pact.

Language and Meaning

The language and meaning within the work consists of mostly standard British/Irish English. This is due to the fact that many of the work's...

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