It’s obvious when you read it, but we don’t tend to use ‘wrinkled like a raisin’ despite its pleasing alliteration. Let’s try to change that!

‘A tiny old man, slim, and wrinkled like a raisin, had stood up on tip-toe.’

For another view of an old man, and another metaphor for ageing, less wizened, see this.


Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), p. 59

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