Allen Eskens Writing Styles in The Life We Bury

Allen Eskens
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Point of View

A first person, limited point of view is employed in "The Life We Bury." The protagonist, Joe Talvert, narrates the novel, sharing his thoughts and experiences. Readers are admitted into Joe's private life, but the thoughts and behaviors of other characters remain private until they are revealed to Joe. A significant amount of foreshadowing is utilized to predict these revelations. An example of this is found in Lila's aversion to men and dating which is later explained after the encounter with the slob at the bar who identifies her as Nasty Nash. More importantly, it propagates the mystery surrounding Carl and his guilt or innocence as the reader discovers the evidence alongside Joe as the narrative unfolds.

The use of Joe as narrator also allows for his reflections on his past, specifically his family history. This provides an opportunity to witness how his present is...

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