LONG, BROAD AND QUICKEYE by Evaline Ness

LONG, BROAD AND QUICKEYE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Grimms' ""Six Servants"" and the eight who accompanied ""The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship"" are here three (from the Andrew Lang version) but their combined powers are mighty: the one can increase his stature as well as his stride, the second can spread to fill the land and fill himself with water, the third can not only see piercingly but also pierce what he sees. Together--but not without hair-breadth recoveries--they enable the young prince to free his chosen bride from the grasp of a wicked wizard. All of which makes for some striking imagery: a many-ridged outcropping shattered by Quickeye's glance; Long stretching himself ""like a strap"" around a room; Broad, legs apart, head back, expanding to the edges of the page. Done in the limited but rich tonalities of, roughly, Tom Tit Tot, a tellingly handsome rendition of an unquenchable story.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1969
Publisher: Scribners