The Destructors Criticism

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Greene is considered one of the most important writers of his generation although most of the criticism of his work focuses on his novels. Still, there are similarities between his novels and his short stories, such as his sympathetic portrayal of flawed characters, the degradation of the individual in the modern world, the need for moral compromise in certain situations, and the harsh realities of violence and cruelty. Greene's writing style is also consistent among his novels and shorter works.

Renowned English writer Evelyn Waugh describes Greene's writing style in Commonweal as "not a specifically literary style at all. The words are functional, devoid of sensuous attraction, of ancestry, and of independent life." Perhaps this is why Richard Jones of Virginia Quarterly Review concluded that the key to Greene's popularity is "probably his readability," which attends to "the main business of holding the reader's attention." Waugh likens Greene's...

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