Madeleine L’Engle 1918-2007

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/08/books/07cnd-lengle.html?_r=1&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all

Her book A Wrinkle in Time was one of the first books I remember reading. I remember identifying with Meg, and feeling that Camazotz, the place where everyone and everything was exactly alike, had some resonance with the people and places I was growing up with. It did not, and does not, compare with anything I read as a child except the Narnia books.

I didn’t consciously remember the religious content until I read that Wikipedia article mentioned above, but on first hearing about L’Engle’s death, I somehow thought about C.S. Lewis. When Disney made a movie out of the book, according to Wikipedia, they cut the religion out of it, prompting L’Engle to say “I expected it to be bad, and it was.” This all sounds like something “St. Jack” would say. Where have we come to as a culture if we can’t have any references to religion?

I don’t remember reading the other books, although I may have – A Wind in the Door, Many Waters, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. As Many Waters wasn’t published until 1986, I probably wouldn’t have read that one.

But now I’ve got to tesseract off to get some of these books for my kids. So I can read them again.

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