Sound and rhythm of narrative

Martin Amis may think Elmore Leonard is “a literary genius,” but Leonard has only made his way through one of Amis’ books. “‘Well, they are wordy,” Leonard explained, in an Independent interview that appeared last Friday. As for his own books, Leonard says: “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. If proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learnt in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.”


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