Michelle Cliff Writing Styles in No Telephone to Heaven

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Point of View

Overall, the novel is narrated from the third person, past tense point of view, but one of the more intriguing and engaging aspects of the novel is how it shifts its perspective from one character to another. To begin with, there the an anchoring through line, focusing on the experience and perspective of a woman traveling in the back of a ramshackle truck. At first, this woman is only identified as the granddaughter of a now-dead landowner, but is later named as Clare Savage, the character whose perspective and experience defines the narrative's point of view throughout much of its second half. That said, there are substantial portions of the story narrated from the perspective of other characters - the murders in Chapter 2, the background to those murders in Chapter 3, the experiences of Clare's family in Chapter 4. These shifting points of view simultaneously add variety to...

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