Babbis Friis-Baastad Margaret Berkvist - Essay

Margaret Berkvist

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Probing the subject [of youngsters adjusting to physical disabilities] with complete honesty and a lack of sentimentality, the Norwegian author Babbis Friis begins ["Kristy's Courage"] as Kristy is recovering consciousness following an automobile accident. Though time will mend the child's injuries, for the present she must live with a scarred face and distorted speech…. Miss Friis's readers will appreciate her understanding of how cruel the world can be to children on occasion. (p. 26)

Margaret Berkvist, in The New York Times Book Review (© by The New York Times Company; reprinted by permission), December 12, 1965.

Kersti is a young girl who is involved in a car accident. As a result she is left with a horrible scar on her cheek which turns up one side of her mouth into a permanent smile. This story tells of the troubles she has in coming to terms with her scar and the way her friends and school-fellows react. [Kersti, published in the United States as Kristy's Courage,] is quoted as being "a study in child psychology for girls interested in teaching and nursing." This is rather a narrow field but it is a fairly accurate description of the type of readership who will enjoy it. The book is too adult in its approach for the younger reader, and the main character is too young for the older reader. It is a well-written, deep-thinking book but can hardly...

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