Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fall 2012: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Guys. I remember mostly nothing about this book club meeting even though I was technically in charge. We met at The Aristocrat for the first time post-epic-fire, and I'm not sure if it was October or November (I'm leaning toward November).

Here's the thing. I had read this book as a child and devoured it. I read the entire series and thought it was totally magical. I chose children's fiction because it might be easy and less depressing than reading a classic, which were 2 genres that we hadn't ventured into yet. What I didn't really remember was that this book was Weird with a capital W. Now, I was a weird child and continue to be a weird adult, so I'm not surprised that I liked it so much. But I think that maybe, as children, it was a first exposure for some of us to this type of literature. And since 5th grade, we've all read Harry Potter (or we should have all read Harry Potter), and the game has changed.

Now, it is agreed that this book deserves its place of high regard in this genre. It stands a test of time, and the over-arching themes are wonderful and important. I made some bookmarks as keepsakes and including some of the following quotes:

“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself." - Mrs. Whatsit

“Believing takes practice.”

“Like and equal are not the same thing at all." - Meg Murray

“A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.”

“We do not know what things look like. We know what things are like. It must be a very limiting thing, this seeing." -Aunt Beast

“Love. That was what she had that IT did not have.” 

So good.

Also, I took this photo and Alissa got the "be awesome" memo.

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