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White Doe

By (author) Richard Church
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Cornerstone, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: William Heinemann Ltd
Published: 30th Jun 1968
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
Interest age: 10-12+
Reading age: 10+
ISBN-10: 043493254X
ISBN-13: 9780434932542
Barcode No: 9780434932542

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The squire's son, the woodsman's son, the spoiled spoiler - the eternal British triangle, appropriate to the 1910 setting and acknowledged to be obsolete but treated without perspective; in its embodiment of the social code - deference and eccentricity below, duty and tolerance above - the book could indeed have been written in 1910. So too is the lyrical strain - rustic Tom's reverence for nature in general, for the white fawn in particular - more intense than is now comfortable. Only when the two coalesce, when rich newcomer Harold Sims, having already come between sensitive Tom and his lifelong friend Billy Lander, also threatens the doe, does the story become compelling: Billy and Tom, uniting, thwart Harold's efforts to shoot the fawn and, when Harold slips off a cliff, Tom contrives to save him - without any blather about magnanimity: Tom hates the boy who has scorned him, is only coming to terms with the evil beyond his small woodland world. The point of the rescue is not to make a hero of Tom but to make a whole man of him. It's a strong closing after a sluggish, stilted unfolding. (Kirkus Reviews)