Monday, September 10, 2007

A Wrinkle in Time

I didn't read A Wrinkle in Time until I was older, but it was very much like a light was turned while I was reading this wonderful book. When a friend recommended the book to me, I kept thinking this book sounds like fantasy and I'm not a big fantasy lover. This book was so much more than anything I could have imagined. A book that combined science with wonderful characters was something I would have loved to have read as a child.

I re-read A Wrinkle in Time every couple of years and it still charms me as much as the first time I read the book. I was so crazy about this book I had to find out more about its author Madeline L'Engle. What an amazing woman Ms. L'Engle was. I ended up reading quite a few of her children's books and her books for adult reader. I am especially fond of her book, The Summer of the Great Grandmother. I am not a religious person, but I enjoyed reading her thoughts on religion and her mystical approach to religion in general.

Sadly, Madeline L'Engle passed away last Thursday (9/6/07) at the age of 88. She disliked being classified as a children's author. Here's what she had to say about that, "In my dreams, I never have an age," she said. "I never write for any age group in mind. When people do, they tend to be tolerant and condescending and they don't write as well as they can write. "When you underestimate your audience, you're cutting yourself off from your best work."

She shared her unique gifts with us and I for one will always be thankful for that. You can find out more about her here , here and here.

"In the face of such shape and weight of present misfortune, the voice of theindividual artist may seem perhaps of no more consequence than the whirringof a cricket in the grass, but the arts do live continuosly, and they liveliterally by faith: their names and their shapes and their uses and their basicmeanings survive unchanged in all that matters through times of interruption,diminishment, neglect; they outlive governments and creeds and societies, eventhe very civilizations that produced them. They cannot be destroyed altogetherbecause they represent the substance of faith, and the only reality. They are what we find when the ruins are cleared away."
Madeline L'Engle-Two-Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage.

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