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The Village Wit (novel excerpt)

Below is the link to Chapter 1 of THE VILLAGE WIT, my first novel. The story explores love’s improbabilities, and maybe why they should be left there….

The Village Wit (excerpt)


What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. This book is also available as an ebook.


  bonalibro wrote @ March 21st, 2012 at 3:22 pm


In no way intended as a put down, but I’m curious about the POV, as I’m having trouble orienting myself to the text. Is it illeistic third? Or is there a third person narrator?

The style itself, seems very felt.


  mark beyer wrote @ March 21st, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I’m not sure what the lit-crit definition is for ‘illeistic third,’ but I wrote TVW in what we in 1983 college class called “3rd-person restrictive” … yes, very close-over-the-shoulder (and in the mind) of Richard Bentley. But then when his employee comes into the story, I alternate b/w them (more or less) in that restrictive 3rd-person style.

I found the style quite useful and dynamic for telling a dual-character story without relying on (or being forced by) 3rd-P Omniscient; I didn’t want an overall narrator getting in the way of the characters’ “felt” story-telling, and I also didn’t want to get into the minds of other characters.

I appreciate your comments. Have you read the short sample to my upcoming novel, “What Beauty” ?? You can find it here:


  bonalibro wrote @ March 22nd, 2012 at 1:08 am

As I suspected. I was wondering because it seemed like stream of consciousness, and the orientation problem derived from it being the narrator’s stream not the character’s stream. Particularly that second paragraph. Illeistic third is the character writing about himself, as if he were someone else. It obviates the problems of first person narration, allowing the author to chose what to cover.

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