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Although the plot [of The Shield of Achilles] is generally developed in a straightforward manner, with Eleni occupying the center of interest, many elements are richly woven into its texture: the constant presence of the sea and of fishermen, the sea as a symbol of beauty and freedom, and sympathetic portrayals of Turkish and British characters. For thoughtful older readers, the vivid strength of the style and the Biblical, classical, and historical allusions will evoke the rich background of the island. (p. 316)
Paul Heins, "Stories for the Older Boys and Girls: 'The Shield of Achilles'," in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1966 by The Horn Book, Inc., Boston), Vol. XLII, No. 3, June, 1966, pp. 315-16.