The late Desmond Pacey's single-paragraph dismissal of the fiction of Philip Child … in the Second Edition of the Literary History of Canada remains unchanged from its appearance in the original edition. No one can quarrel with its contention that Child's "skill as a novelist is not quite commensurate with the splendour of his ideals," that "he tends to be too didactic in his fiction" and shows himself "unwilling to rely upon indirection and implication." The trouble with the judgment is that it ignores an entire aspect of Child's fiction of considerable interest to students of the affective and psychological aspects of Canadian literature. (p. 41)
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