Darnielle, John Writing Styles in Universal Harvester

Darnielle, John
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Point of View

The point of view from which this story is told alternates between characters as the story jumps between locations and points in time. In the first section of the novel, the narrator describes Jeremy and his point of view, followed by a bit of Sarah Jane's life and perspective. There is a voice underneath it all that feels very sinister and knowing, at first. There is this constant acknowledgement of all of the different ways the story could have developed, but did not, for perhaps arbitrary reasons, or perhaps inevitable curiosity or fatal character traits being pursued, particularly after the tapes in the Video Hut come to light.

The second Part is told from the omniscient narrator about Lisa's family history. It is not until the end of the novel that it is revealed that Part II is actually narrated by Lisa. The experiences descried...

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