I write today to mark the loss to the literary world of Madeline L’Engle on September 6. She was the author of the Time Quartet series that started with A Wrinkle in Time, as well as YA novels such as The Arm of the Starfish. She wrote over 60 books in all.
I hardly know what to say. I’m sure many of you have read A Wrinkle in Time, as I did, and fell immediately in love with the characters. My copy is yellowed and literally falling apart from being read and re-read, both before and after I got hold of it.
Yesterday, my husband and I were discussing which character we identified with most. He’s analytical and math-minded, so of course he says Meg, while I’m more emotional and empathetic, so I said Charles Wallace.
I am, however, possibly the only person who had nightmares relating to the scene where all the red balls are bouncing in unison (I was young, okay? And it really is a creepy scene).
If somehow you missed this book, get thee to the library and check it out now. It deals with space, time, love, loss – and the fact that the shortest distance between two points is rarely a straight line.
I’m sorry this entry is a little belated, but we’ve spent the last week getting the Studio: Teen Arts Underground up and running (if you haven’t been down yet, it’s in the basement of the Central Library, and we would love to see you – ages 13-18, must have library card and photo ID on first visit).
posted originally by Amber on September 11, 2007