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Florence Gordon
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Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

Created: 08/26/15

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davinamw

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Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

In Chapters 69 – 71, the author moves back and forth between Emily's and Daniel's points of view during the same scene. Are there other moments in the novel when the author does this? Do they have a common theme? Why do you think the author chose this approach with some moments but not others? What does this segment between Emily and Daniel in particular reveal through the juxtaposition? Does this technique “work” for you and why?


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melanieb

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

This technique works for me with this author because of his skill with using it. The continuity of dialog is still maintained because there is the common theme of the conversation being picked up by the two characters. I think the author chose this approach with Emily and Daniel to hi-light the communication miscues and erroneous conclusions commonly drawn between parents and their young adult children. The author also does this with Janine and Daniel but I found the conversation more effective between Emily and Daniel.


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Andy Soshul

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

Initially this writing style was off-putting to me. I found the short chapters to be disjointed. As I became more invested in the characters and plot, this became less of an annoyance.


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JAKL1

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

If an author does a good job in their writing, moving between points of view can be a great tool in reading the story.


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Babsg

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

This style does not bother me at . This is getting more and more common recently. It keeps you on your toes however to really notice each chapter heading. I agree with others that it takes a skilled writer to pull this off.


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dianaps

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

I had no problem with this technique.


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lynnw

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

The book was so well written that I had no problem going back and forth. At times you only needed to hear one point of view.


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joanr

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

I found this technique very effective, because the author was so skilled in using it. It highlighted the misinterpretations that the characters often had in interacting with each other. Chapters 69-71 were especially effective in showing how Emily and Daniel were misreading each other. The technique allowed the author to show us the disconnect rather than to tell us that Emily and Daniel were not communicating well.


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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

I like this technique if it is well done as it was in this case. It keeps my interest.


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joyces

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

Not only did it not bother me but I find the technique to be very effective. It is being done more frequently these days and in this book was an excellent way to get into the head of two people in the same room with totally different thoughts going through their heads. In some way it is a better way of presenting their thoughts as it is how it regularly happens in our day to day world.


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Peggy H

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

So many books I have read recently use this method. I found this more easy to follow than some I have read recently. This may have been because of the short chapters which made the plot move along.


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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

I enjoy this technique and think that Morton did it quite successfully.


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deeh

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

I think the author was very successful with this technique. I really enjoyed this book.


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marianned

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

In this book, I think the author uses the technique to highlight each characters introspective moments and to accent what is important to him/her at the time. I agree with Peggy H that the short chapters make what can be a disconcerting technique much easier to adjust to in "Florence Gordon."


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lindah

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RE: Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique of sometimes hearing from one person, sometimes more than one. work for you?

I really enjoyed reading this book and the technique worked well here. It gives the reader first person impressions from more than one person. It seemed almost essential in conveying feelings of both Florence and her granddaughter.


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