Frank Bonham Diane Gersoni Stavn - Essay

Diane Gersoni Stavn

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Frank Bonham is guilty of] misleading use of words and minimal objectivity [in his treatment of women]. In Bonham's 1956 title, The Loud, Resounding Sea, the most admirable female character is Delphine the Dolphin, with whom the young hero, Skip Turner, enjoys a marvelous rapport based on mutual trust, affection and respect. Skip's attitude toward pretty, blonde Leslie, with whom he works in a lab during the summer, is a lot less flattering: "Like most girls, she was about as practical as a chicken-wire fishbowl." Bonham does a fair enough job with Skip's mother; she's a hard-working schoolteacher, and the mainstay of her family because her husband, a skilled cook and restaurateur, has advanced wanderlust and...

(The entire section is 1016 words.)