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message 1: by Eh?Eh! (new)

Eh?Eh! Gorgeous, a very fine outline of why you like the book.

message 2: by David (new)

David I never read this, but I wrote a fake book report of it in grade school. Sister Geraldine, the Yoda-like nun, was fortunately not familiar with the book, or -- more likely -- had simply lost interest in teaching by then.

Jackie "the Librarian" Yes, Camazotz freaked me out. Poor kid, can't bounce a basketball in unison.

And Meg is AWESOME! Smart, and socially inept, and vulnerable, and kind, and crabby. I love her hesitation with the pickle when she's making sandwiches. She's a real teenager. :)

message 4: by Moira (new)

Moira Russell Meg is very very awesome. Sadly she becomes more conventional (and Beautiful! blech) in the later books....towards the end of her life L'Engle said she wanted to write a novel about Meg in her forties, past childrearing, living for herself again. I wish she had.

message 5: by Aerin (new)

Aerin Nice review. I loved this book, and the sequels, when I was young.

message 6: by RandomAnthony (last edited May 27, 2010 04:03PM) (new)

RandomAnthony Thanks, people! Moira, I thought of reading the later books, but I heard others say exactly what you're saying.

David, I wish the nun had read the book. She would either have fainted at the sacrilege or beamed at the mention of Jesus in a positive light. Also, I'm curious as to what you said in your report...did you make up your own story? What did you say?

(By the way, I noticed TWO typos in the review. I need a smart ten year old girl to proofread my material before posting. Maybe GR can hire one as an intern.)

message 7: by Ken (new)

Ken I'm ashamed to say that I haven't read this book, either (and YA is my game). Isn't it the one that deliberately starts with the godawful line (that now has its own contest), "It was a dark and stormy night"?

Jackie "the Librarian" It IS, Newengland! And that fact totally went unnoticed, by me, for YEARS!

message 9: by Jen (new)

Jen This is definitely a mother/daughter read for me and mine in a few years. But first I have to wade through crap like Pinkalicious. Ugh.

message 10: by Kim (last edited May 28, 2010 04:36AM) (new)

Kim I love this series. Nice review, Anthony. I'd recommend the rest. Izzy's about ready for this, it's too girly for Marley--I should say, it doesn't have enough talking animals., but I think Iz would like it.

message 11: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony You must read this, Newengland. I get the feeling the book had much more influence than I understood.

Thanks, Kim! And I don't know what Pinkalicious is, Jen, and I'm not sure I want to...

message 12: by Jen (last edited May 28, 2010 06:21AM) (new)

Jen Oh no. You want to, it will make you feel so much better for having avoided it so far. I'm not going to inflict the whole thing on you- no review or anything. Just the pinkalicious cover. I think that should suffice. I'm showing great restraint here.

message 13: by Jen (new)

Jen No, I haven't. On the list now. I'm currently reading an Atwood now, Oryx and Crake, so anything by her must be better than pinkalicious!

message 14: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony Jen, that book is terrifying, and I can't wait to hear what Jackie has to say about it, since she hates pink as a matter of daily routine.

message 15: by Mary JL (new)

Mary JL RA: Excellent review. I read the book when I was 11 and still have it! The same copy I mean, after all these years.

However, I personally thought the next two books were good. Not as good as the first, but I think you would find them worth your time.

message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Thanks for this review!! Madeleine L'Engle is really something, isn't she?

My opinion is that the third and fourth books in the series were absolutely wonderful. I really, really, really don't like the second.

message 17: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Your review just convinced me to try and figure out which friend I saw read this, grab her by the shoulders when I find her, and make her lend it to me.

message 18: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony Thanks, Mary, Ariel, and Rachel...I think I'll continue the series later this summer, although Ariel says I can skip the bad one:)

message 19: by Dorothee (new)

Dorothee Hi RA,
Like you, I am not sure how I missed this book, I am reaching my golden years and just don't read at the same rate I used to, so I wasn't sure whether to put this one on my to-read shelf. After reading your review, I am definitely going to read it, my daughter has marked it too, so maybe we will add it to our bookclub list, maybe for December if it is spiritual.
Thanks :)

message 20: by Jean (new)

Jean I liked RA's review!


message 21: by Max (new)

Max I'm so glad you posted this review! I love your take on why girls might respond so strongly to the story. You have me wanting to read it again from the grown-up perspective. I absolutely treasured this book as a child

message 22: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony Thanks Max!

message 23: by Meghan (new)

Meghan Wow very long!

message 24: by Annette (new)

Annette Loved your review, nailed it! I remember reading this as a young girl, it terrified me in a way I didn't understand until much later in life.

message 25: by Nicola (new)

Nicola Brown Awesome review. I have loved this book my whole life. Now I will be making sure my granddaughter has a copy for her to read shelf. She's not old enough yet but it will be there for her!

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