by John McGivering)
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What linked the stories and made them anything but ‘plain’ was their highly distinctive voice – the same insouciant (careless, indifferent.) voice that Rud had first tried out in “In the House of Suddhoo” (later in this volume) Sometimes located in the figure of an unnamed narrator, this voice (whether asserting or teasing) always demanded attention. The openings were always arresting and characteristic.