Characterisation and style

  • Suguna Ramanathan


Edmund Fuller in an article on Snow comments pertinently on an important aspect of his method of characterisation:

Snow as novelist can see all around a man, as one might walk around a Henry Moore sculpture, noting its holes and distortions, but also its proportions and solidities.1


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