What are the effects of his different modes of narration?
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Most of the book is related from the limited perspectives of either Kathy or Zeitoun. This enables Eggers to withhold information, recreating the suspense and anxiety that his subjects felt when they were unable to communicate with one another. When he switches to an omniscient perspective in Part V, it becomes clear that the information presented is the result the research conducted by Eggers and not from his interviews with Kathy and Zeitoun. This is in part an act of journalistic accountability, but it also roots the narrative in reality. By writing in a more distant, objective style, Eggers emphasizes that the story is nonfiction and that its 'messages' can be applied in real life and have broader implications.