James Lee Burke Writing Styles in Black Cherry Blues

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Point of View

The point of view of the novel is first person. The main character of the novel is Dave Robicheaux. The narration is seen through Dave's eyes and the reader is allowed access to Dave's thoughts and emotions as well. The narration does not shift from Dave to any other character, keeping the focus tightly on the main character. This allows the reader to concentrate on the plot as it affects Dave without becoming confused with frequent changes of narration.

The point of view of this novel works because unlike other types of narration, this novel stays in the mind of one character, allowing the reader to become intimate with him without muddling the story with forays into other characters' minds. Character driven novels require a certain amount of intimacy between the reader and the main character and this novel achieves that by keeping the reader close...

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