Marge Piercy Writing Styles in Woman on the Edge of Time

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The novel is written from the third person point of view of its central character, Consuelo (Connie) Ramos (see "Characters"). This point of view is extremely subjective in that it presents events, circumstances and other characters solely from her perspective. There are no diversions into the thoughts, beliefs and feelings of other characters outside of Connie's own experience of them. The single exception can be found in Chapter 20, which contains what appears to be transcripts of Connie's medical records; they are about Connie, but not written from her point of view.

That one exception aside, the most intriguing aspect of the narrative's strictly-defined point of view is that there is no indication of whether Connie's visits to the future are genuine experiences of an alternative reality or projections/manifestations of her admittedly very troubled psyche. Is Connie living these experiences or making them up? Again, the...

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