Ian Fleming Writing Styles in Thunderball

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Fleming's novel is narrated by a third-person omniscient narrator. While the reader follows James Bond, the narration is mainly in Bond's mind. The reader empathizes with Bond and is able to experience his adventures along with him. Bond is a vehicle for the reader to vicariously experience adventures, so when Bond is in trouble, the reader is in trouble with him.

The novel takes the reader inside the underworld, however, in a way Bond does not experience it. Bond experiences Plan Omega from the outside in. He at first is only on the outskirts of the international conspiracy, not even aware of it. Even when Bond comes to the Bahamas and starts on the tracks of the criminal, he is only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

Through the omniscient narrator, Fleming gives the reader an opportunity to be a fly on the wall during the...

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