Herman Wouk Writing Styles in The Winds of War

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Point of View

The book is written in third person with a limited omniscient view. Though a slightly more open view would have been acceptable, only third person could have worked for this story. The people are in vastly different settings around the world and a more limited view simply would not have been adequate to tell this story. For example, while Victor and Rhoda are in Berlin, Madeline is in New York, Warren in Florida and Byron in Poland.

Some readers may be distracted at the structure because it does limit the view somewhat. For example, the reader learns that Natalie and Aaron have gone to Rome but then the scene switches. There is no more talk of what happens to them for several chapters. In another instance, Rhoda is left in Berlin with Palmer Kirby. The reader is then taken to the United States where Victor is...

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