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Kent Haruf Writing Styles in The Tie That Binds: A Novel

Kent Haruf
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Point of View

The story is written in first person from the perspective of Sandy Roscoe. Sandy serves more as narrator than participant in the early chapters because he is tells of events that happened before his birth. He admits that he knows some of the details and that he only believes others to be true. The method of presentation is effective for several reasons. One is that there is a more personal connection to the story than if it were simply presented in some voice other than Sandy's. Sandy's voice also lends an air of continuity to the story.

The story is limited to some degree but is not as limited as would normally be required of a first-person novel. For example, Sandy says early in the story that he will include some facts that he only believes to be true. One of those is that Roy Goodnough...

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