Essay on: Jo Lloyd´s ”Because It Is Running By”
Times go by, whether you like it or not. A fact is that some things remain while others die. It is an unwritten law about living, but the changes can still be a shock to many people who thought they had their lives planned. It is simply because time is running by. “Because It Is Running By” is written by Jo Lloyd in 2009 and the story deals with the young man, Wil who has to realize that the times are changing and the bubble he has lived in has burst. The story has a 3rd person narrator who has a limited omniscient point of view with focus on the main character Wil and only describes his thoughts. The narrator knows the whole story of Wil and the other characters and what they have been doing earlier on. We do not get inside of their heads in connection with deep feelings and thoughts, instead the narrator makes comments and uses many flashbacks to build up the story. This gives the reader an opportunity to think about the direct and indirect information which is given instead of just letting it past though. The novel consists of many dialogs which float in with the text, because they are not put in quotation marks. This almost makes the whole novel one big conversation with the narrator as the mouthpiece. Despite of the many flashbacks the story is told in chronological order and starts in medias res, on the arrival of Edie and ends with her leaving when the summer is over. The scene is set in a small, isolated, rural society far out on the country in England where Wil and his mother live in great poverty, through time their property has been decreased, and at the time when the story takes place their home is reduced only to the kitchen area, and their further possessions only comprise a caravan and a couple of muddy fields. The story begins with Edie who just has arrived to help Wil and his mother for the summer at their farmstead, where they drive a bed and breakfast. Ever since the family have lost the...
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