The Writing Style Of The Term- Harold And Maude By Colin Higgins

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Best Book of the Term- Harold & Maude
Have you ever read a book that has changed your life? A book that leaves you feeling motivated and enlightened. “Harold and Maude” by Colin Higgins does just that. This book is not simply a quirky love story between two unlikely individuals, but about the power of optimism and a unique way of living life, a true inspiration. However, besides the storyline, the writing style of the author has a huge impact in setting the book apart. When considering why the book “Harold and Maude” is the best book of the term the fundamentals of the writing style have to be taken into account from the points of view to the ending which, all play a crucial role in making the reading experience memorable. First is the use of the third-person omniscient point of view. According to the text, in the third-person omniscient point of view, “a narrator from “outside” the story world tells the story.” (WEAL, 45) The advantage of this style is the reader gets a unique perspective of getting to hear the characters thoughts. For example, “…she listened to the Chopin playing softly. How soothing, she thought…” (Higgins, 2) Here the reader can comprehend the character’s, state of mind as she enjoys the music playing in the background. Unlike in the book “World War Z” by Max Brooks where the author has used the epistolary style using the first-person point of view that, “reveals action through letters.” (WEAL, 46) The disadvantage of this writing style is the reader

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