All writers select, rigorously, that portion of the world they wish to present, but in so doing some writers for children make a curious and partial offering—a child's world from which the rest of the community, adults in particular, have been almost wholly excluded. In such a world the children … conduct their affairs with a freedom from adult control of their actions and movement that is rarely accorded to children in real life. (p. 58)
The Irish writer Eilís Dillon has an outstandingly vivid sense of the child's place within the larger community. Her books are remarkable for their distinctive recreation of rural Ireland; the men living close to the land or sea, as farmworkers or...
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