Style and Technique
Woiwode’s style captures the flow of human thought as it merges past and present and, at the same time, captures the perplexity of modern humanity. The involuted sentences combined with the steady unraveling of the story relentlessly pull the reader into the writer’s world. The musings and realities fuse in a way that disallows any neat allegorical pattern or any easily determined point. Woiwode’s style, however, is never obscure; it is clear and direct. His images express his intensely personal and ambiguous response to a world that is equally ambiguous. The style makes real the intangible inner life of a sensitive human being by capturing the nuances, intricacies, and complexities of humankind’s inner existence. Indeed, Woiwode’s style demands neither more nor less than what every excellent writer deserves: complete concentration.