Michael Dorris Writing Styles in A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

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Part of Dorris's genius in the book shows in his telling basically the same story from three different points of view. For example, we first interpret Christine's Illness through Rayona's eyes (in critic Michiko Kakutani's words) as "a phony play for sympathy." Later, we see the same scene through Christine's own eyes and realize not only that her Illness is real but also (again in Kakutani' s words) that "her disappearance constitutes not an act of abandonment but a cowardly attempt to save her daughter from the knowledge of her Imminent death." Similarly, at the beginning of the story Rayona believes that Aunt Ida is actually her grandmother but insists that she be called "Aunt" rather then be reminded that Christine was her own illegitimate offspring. In fact, as we learn only in the last section of the novel, Christine is the Illegitimate offspring of Ida's...

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