Eilís Dillon J. S. Jenkins - Essay

J. S. Jenkins

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Irish authors have not far to look for stories of tension and conspiracy that realistically involve young people in matters of life and death. In "The Seals" Eilís Dillon draws on the immediacy that the Irish-English conflicts still have in Ireland to write a simple stirring story of rescue, courage, loyalty and noble cunning. To outwit the Black and Tans and to save a much sought-after fugitive, three boys and an old man brave a stormy crossing to the mainland…. Unequivocally partisan, the author rounds out a good narrative with the kind of incident, characterization and dialogue that evolves out of complete familiarity with her source—which makes the difference between her stories and those superficially...

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