(Maureen) Mollie Hunter (McIlwraith) GERALDINE DeLUCA - Essay


(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

A certain simplicity of explanation, an occasional withholding of details—what the heroine's father died of, for instance—identify [A Sound of Chariots] as a work for children. And Mollie Hunter is, of course, an accomplished writer of children's books…. [Her books] are heavily plotted and detailed, with a clear, unobtrusive style and a sure sense of storytelling. But A Sound of Chariots is a remarkable departure. It seems clearly to be her own story, and while she sustains the narrative at a level comprehensible to children, the writing is dense with lush language and startling, impressionistic passages of discovery and meditation. What's more … she writes a story that traces the gradual...

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