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Point of View

Each story in the collection is told from the third person point of view – or, more specifically, from one of its variations.

Several stories are told from the third person limited point of view - that is, with subjective narration that excavates the thoughts, actions, and experiences of a central character or protagonist. That central point of view shifts from story to story – in “No One Writes …” the central character is the colonel; in “One of these Days” it is dentist Aurelio; in “… Marvelous Afternoon” it is playful craftsman Balthazar; in “Montiel’s Widow” it is the widow herself; in “Artificial Roses”, it is troubled protagonist Mina. In each of these stories, there are occasional diversions into the inner perspectives of one character or another: ultimately, though, the primary narrative perspective is that of the protagonist.

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