Eilís Dillon Polly Goodwin - Essay

Polly Goodwin

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

In other books for teen-agers Miss Dillon has shown she can spin a tale in the best romantic tradition of a [John] Buchan or a [Robert Louis] Stevenson. But never has she written one as stirring as [The Singing Cave], in which an exciting plot vies for interest with a dramatic Irish setting….

A chase thru turbulent seas, a cattle stampede on a high cliff's edge, the recovery of the treasure and its strange fate provide many a thrill. Pat, his grandfather, and their hardy, individualistic neighbors, are skillfully portrayed. And the sea girt, wind swept island exerts a fascination not soon forgotten.

Polly Goodwin, "The Junior Bookshelf: 'The Singing...

(The entire section is 440 words.)