Henry Gregor Felsen

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Donna Haglin

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Crash Club offers more possibilities [for the discussion of literary style] than most teenage novels. Felsen makes ample use of suggestion throughout the novel, rather than stating directly the impressions he wishes to convey (a common failing, in my opinion, of many "junior" novelists). For example, the reader is not told that Mike will walk again, or that Donna and Mike, although they will again find happiness, will always be influenced by the tragedy for which they were partially to blame; however, Felsen implies these outcomes with subtlety. He can also be commended for not indulging in the "and-they-lived-happily-ever-after" ending. Felsen makes frequent use of effective figurative language (especially similes) and employs realistic dialogue throughout his book. (p. 557)

Donna Haglin, "Raccoon Forks … Or Raveloe," in English Journal (copyright © 1961 by the National Council of Teachers of English; reprinted by permission of the publisher and the author), Vol. L, No. 8, November, 1961, pp. 556-58.

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