Kent Haruf Writing Styles in Where You Once Belonged: A Novel

Kent Haruf
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The novel is written in the first-person point of view. The narrator does not immediately reveal himself to the reader. In fact, the reader does not realize who the narrator is or learn his name until the second or third chapter of the novel. The narrator's focus is tight on Jack Burdette. Therefore he does not go much into his own life or his own thoughts and emotions until later in the novel.

The point of view of this novel is a unique one in that as a first person point of view it does not have a static focus on the narrating character. In fact, the narrating character of this novel is actually something of a peripheral character in the novel, a reporter, not a participant in the action of the novel. The narrating character does not become an active part of the activity in...

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