One of Jack Livings' interesting techniques (in his stories set in contemporary China)
By Helen Wang, published
"One of Livings’ interesting techniques is switching point of view at multiple junctures within his stories, often just for a sentence or two, so that the reader slips out of a protagonist’s thoughts for an instant and sees him or her from the outside, as others might. The habit is at first disorienting, but, slowly, the disorientation gains a strength. By the end of the collection, it feels like an artistic credo of sorts: a belief in seeing things from all angles." -- Review by Jonathan Lee in The Guardian, 16 July 2015
Jack Livings is getting stunning reviews for The Dog, his debut collection of short stories set in contemporary China. This comment on technique caught my attention, as it reminds me of the "POV?" comments by editors of C>E translations.