Wendell Berry Writing Styles in Jayber Crow: A Novel

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The character Jayber Crow tells his life story from his own point of view as he remembers it, now that he is an elderly man. Jayber allows us to see into his own thinking by speaking in first person, and provides information about supporting characters through Jayber's descriptions, as well as insightful quotes that reveal their character and their thinking. Berry gives Jayber Crow an omnipotent voice, which allows him to jump back and forth in time, occasionally reminding us that at the time he is writing, he is at the end of his life.

Jayber speaks in first person and intersperses dialogue, which makes the story enjoyable and smooth to read. Although the novel covers many areas of interest - small town life, the choices of a simple man, the environment and the power of love, to name a few — its plot focuses primarily...

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