Writing on the Edge: Gary Crew's FictionAlice Mills,
1998single work criticism — Appears in:
Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature,Decembervol.
31998;(p. 25-35)Mills gives an overview of Australian author Gary Crew's work, which she describes as 'characterized by doubt' and offering endings which remain unresolved rather than the formulaic 'happy endings' which permeate conventional children's stories (25). Crew has won many literary awards for his children's fiction, however his stories are decidely ambiguous and post-modern in their 'celebration of doubt' (34), which attracts criticism on the grounds that the texts are too 'difficult and demanding for young children' (25). Mills offers a succinct and insightful discussion which explores how Crew's narratives of child-adolescent maturation play with the conventions of the gothic-horror genre by refusing 'the guarantee of a revelation to come' (34). Mills says 'At his strongest, he brings to the reader's notice the human need to make sense of the world. The power of his fiction derives not from him meeting such needs but from playing upon them' (25).
Objects Strangely Familiar : Symbolism and Literary Allusion in the Novels of Gary CrewDiane Humphery,
1996single work criticism — Appears in:
Papers : Explorations into Children's Literature,Augustvol.
21996;(p. 37-45)Humphery discusses Crew's novels as a means of introducing young readers 'to important elements of style and literary techniques while at the same time immersing them in the wonderfully rich world of English literature'. Crewe's novels deliberately blur the boundaries between reality and fantasy as well as providing a 'much-needed bridge between popular culture and the traditional classics' and in this sense, his signifiers are highly provisional with the appeal of his work arising from the continual flickering, spilling and diffusing of meaning' (37). As novels of adolescent self-discovery, Humphery points out that 'the rites of passage are carried out within a framework which explores far-reaching historical, political, moral and religious values (37).