Leon Garfield | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 1 page of analysis & critique of Leon Garfield.
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A favorite Garfield theme—the mystery of the hero's identity—forms the backbone of [The Sound of coaches]; and a few lines quoted from The Beggar's Opera sets a theatrical atmosphere for the picaresque tale…. The threads of the skillfully-woven plot are almost too neatly tucked in at the end of the story; and after all the expended energy, the final chapter seems to go a bit limp. But the book bears many of the author's hallmarks—his melodrama; his discerning character development; and his humor: "two … professional ladies in the company … both not so much past their prime as having missed it altogether." And Garfield is still an alchemist with language, whipping it into a fine froth, extravagant images spilling out, one after the other. (p. 142)

Ethel L. Heins, in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1974 by The Horn Book, Inc., Boston), October, 1974.

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