Allan W. Eckert | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Allan W. Eckert.
This section contains 300 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Oscar A. Bouise

What begins as a routine account of the migration to winter quarters of a flock of birds—unusual birds, it is true—develops into a tense tale of the struggle of the great auks against the forces which unwittingly combined to annihilate them as a species. The author calls [The Great Auk] a novel and rightly so: a more powerful or tragic plot can hardly be matched by anything conceived in the mind of a great writer. (p. 269)

Eckert is masterful when describing incidents and places, some purely imaginative…. [His] descriptions are vivid, palpable, intensely real. Amazingly he seems most effective when seeing and assessing these things through the eyes and minds of his "characters," a tribute to his imaginative genius.

This reviewer confesses that he approached the task of reading The Great Auk with little or no relish: just a bird story, he mused. However, he finished...

(read more)

This section contains 300 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Oscar A. Bouise
Copyrights
Gale
Critical Essay by Oscar A. Bouise from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.