Greene, A Man of Few, Yet Elegant Words Graham Greene a literary master of the ages. A man who took a language of many words and summed up everything in a nice neat, pleasant to read package. As opposed to writing with the elegance of many words, he wrote with the elegance of very few, but powerful ones. Graham Greene, truly is a writer with a sense to give meaning and symbolism to such, otherwise unimportant things. Graham Greene wrote in such a manner that it caught the attention of the reader without over killing the thought or idea. Greene did not leave one on the rope hanging, or clueless, yet he did not detail an object to the point where you could see it sitting in front of you.
The amount of provided was just enough to moisten your mouth and give you a bit to taste, but not enough to fill you up, and not just a picture of a delectable you wish you could have. What he gives you satisfies you just right until you get to the next scene of excitement. Unlike many more modern authors, were the books are glorified with a multitude of words that bombard you as the page turns. Or books of ages gone that are filled with words that require multiple dictionaries and a translator to understand them. Greene puts it out for you in plain English, which still reflects the use of a newly purchased Thesaurus. Writing in simple, plain English isnt what sets Greene apart from the pack.
Its his use of metaphors that seem to hit home. His description of such things that couldnt possibly be accomplished by such a feat, and yet is. He was appalled again by her maturity, as she whipped up a smile from a large and varied stock. (Pp 110 The Power and The Glory).
You cant just whip up a smile from stock. You dont keep smiles in a small pocket folder of the different ones you can bear that day or particular moment. Yet what Greene has just said there is curiously understandable and correct. Greene does one last thin that is complete literary genius. He has multiples of everything.
He brings a deja vu to the whole experience. Like in The Power and The Glory he had two priests, two buzzards or vultures, and a few other multiples. Having more than one of the same thing in story really brings out the believability of the story. Without such style, a story would seem real one sided and not complete. However with two the job is done much better and the story becomes much richer. Not many modern or past writers have had the skill that Greene poses, it is truly a marvel what he can do with so few words.
Sure the big novels make it to number one, but what is inside the two is like what is behind an American muscle car and a sporty import. Sure the American car will get there first but the import will get there more elegantly and refined. Same goes for novels, Graham Greene would represent the sporty import, not quit so many words and not quite as annoying, where as the blockbuster writer is full of words and stuff to show off.