(Maureen) Mollie Hunter (McIlwraith)

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[The reference to Andrew Marvell's poem "To His Coy Mistress" in the title of A Sound of Chariots] is apt, for two reasons. First, the themes of Marvell's poem run through the novel—joy in the body, the struggle involved in close relationships, the need for poetry and exaggeration, the inevitability of death and separation, all within a secure moral context. Second, the book is truly a part of the ongoing tradition of English Literature….

The depths of grief and frustration are looked at head-on, without sentimentality, as well as achievement and joy. Mollie Hunter has told her story superbly, with power and grace.

"For Children from Ten to Fourteen: 'A Sound of Chariots'," in The Junior Bookshelf, Vol. 37, No. 6, December, 1973, p. 406.


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