THE UNICORN GIRL by Caroline Glyn


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Carolyn Glyn is now nineteen and in her third novel (Don't knock the Corners Off, 1964; Love and Joy in the Mabillon. 1966) we can still view the formation of a promising talent. Her dialogue has wit and honesty and unsophisticated charm; her landscapes are sturdy and detailed contrasting neatly with the romanticized, lyrical half tones of her flights of fancy. Her stories remain minims, propelled semi-successfully in this case by the intensity of the young heroine's struggle to come to terms with her self whether in the fantasy World she alternately clings to and denounces or the impending maturity which she cannot, as yet, face. ""Fullie"" is completely convinced of the reality of her mythical, mystical world. She climbs into the Compelling, protective arms of Hermes the Hunter who is transformed at dawn into an apple tree, she becomes wary of her own responsiveness to nature, trees in particular, after several sensuous, druid-like experiences. And then there is the persistent presence of the unicorn which protects her from sexual contacts in real life. These episodes are interspersed throughout the daily business of, a run-away adventure in London, school etc. A flawed but interesting performance.

Pub Date: March 29th, 1967
Publisher: Coward-McCann