Review of GRAHAM SALISBURY: ISLAND BOY by David Macinnis Gill
School Library Journal
(December 1, 2005; 0-8108-5338-8; 978-0-8108-5338-6)
“Part literary analysis and part biography, this is a well-balanced look at an unusual talent, a writer who has an eye for the frailties of life and the rites of adolescence. Gill discusses how growing up in Hawaii in the ’50s influenced Salisbury’s writing and does a fine job of showing the complexity of his work. He highlights Salisbury’s reoccurring use of archetypal symbolism, or hero characters, pitted against the vulnerabilities of humankind. Temptation, coercion, and weakness are systemic themes in Salisbury’s fiction. But, as in real life, redemption is not achieved simply, or contrived for a tidy ending. This is an exceptionally well-researched book. Teachers will find good excerpts to use with their students, helping them to gain a more thorough comprehension of Salisbury’s talent.”
-Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY
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