John Fante Writing Styles in Ask the Dust

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Point of View

This story is written from Arturo Badini's richly abundant mind and through his viewpoint. At times Arturo addresses himself, but for the most part he simply lets the reader in on his stream of consciousness, which is often confused and tends to bounce up and down like a rubber ball emotionally. Arturo's thinking flows like a mental diary or journal, hiding nothing, and allowing the reader to ride along with him on his bumpy journey through early adulthood.

The story is consistently told through Arturo's viewpoint as a budding author. Other characters' thoughts are revealed only through Arturo's version of his dialogues with them and our observation of their behavior through his eyes. Therefore, we cannot know Camilla's thinking or Vera's thinking, but can only deduce from their speech and actions, reported to us by Arturo, what they are feeling and reacting to. Arturo is an...

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