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Historical fiction; national bildungsroman
Anonymous and omniscient. The narrative voice is ambiguous. Perhaps it is the little boy at a later point; perhaps it is Tateh's little girl; perhaps it is both of them.
Point of view
This novel is narrated in the third person omniscient; occasionally the narrator speaks in the first person plural.
Past and present
From 1900 to 1917
New York City; New Rochelle, New York; Lawrence, Massachusetts; the pyramids of Egypt
The role of the protagonist is shared by all the main characters.
Coalhouse Walker attempts to execute a revolution, while Father and his family react to the changing times.
Father's voyage to the North Pole; Conklin's damage of Coalhouse Walker's car
Coalhouse's seizure of the Morgan residence
In the first chapter, the description of Father's family in New Rochelle has a certain tentative, precarious quality that foreshadows he subsequent shocks they will experience.
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