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HollyIn Holly Albert French attempted to open up his readers to the topic racism He chose to do this through the eyes of a young girl growing up in a racist environment The critics appreciate the novel stylistically and thematically pointing out the skill in which French portrays his characters emotions and evolutions While some mentioned a few negative aspects they all praised French s writing style After having analyzed the novel thematically myself the thoughts of the critics only helped to add to my appreciation of French s masterpiece French spends the majority of the story developing Holly s character showing that she is much more the unsophisticated low lives who surround her In French s first novel Billy and in Holly he adroitly portrays North Carolina of the 1940 s Dyer who interviewed French reported French s comment that this whole system that says a black writer cannot write about a nineteen year old white girl is wrongI never lived there the description is a gift I have Huffman found that French s gift for dialect mood and character are what make Holly so thoughtful and compelling Goodrich goes on to say that the descriptions are so unbelievable that he was left to speculate French must have had an older sister or a teenage daughter because he evokes the adolescent patter beautifully The fact that the critics praise French for what they call adolescent patter shows how profound his writing actually was Certainly French s style makes Holly into more than an ordinary southern teenager she suddenly has depth well beyond the presupposed shallowness of a happy-go-lucky teenager With this depth we are able to find a girl frustrated by a world she doesn t know yet wants to be a part of Huffman The Quarterly Black Review QBR explains Holly quiet interestingly French s first book Billy was about a black boy Billy who killed a white girl in self defense The
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