Not saying anything can be as eloquent as speech, as told by authors from ranging from Pat Barker to Carson McCullers and Ian McEwan
Silence in a book is a funny old thing. Too much of it and the reader may well want their money back. Too little and what’s left of suspense, mystery, drama? In literature as in life, there is much to learn from what is left unsaid.
For writers, silence is a gift. Whether it comes in the form of characters confined to silence or those committed to muting voices that are deemed dangerously other, there are few authors who haven’t at some point grappled with the question of how best to represent, well, nothing.