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A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
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Sep 13, 2011

it was amazing
Read in September, 2011

A significant book for me growing up, and still a powerful read now that I'm a grown-up. L'Engle does an amazing job, here and in the rest of this series, describing how human actions have significance beyond our comprehension. Even in a world of cosmic forces, celestial beings, and alternate realities, everything that humans do truly matters. Even something as simple as choosing to dislike another person (as Meg does with her brother's principal, Mr. Jenkins) can have far-reaching consequences -- and choosing to let go of that hate can be a breakthrough.

"A Swiftly Tilting Planet" addresses this theme more directly, but I love so many aspects of this book: the unique and imperfect characters, the conflicts and choices they face, the weird play on scale (connecting stars and galaxies with mitochondria and human bodies) and the de-emphasis on the concepts of distance, space, and even movement.

In true Socratic fashion, the book raises questions for the reader but doesn't necessarily answer them. It's fitting, since teaching (and "Teaching", capital "T") is another core theme in the book. This is definitely a book I will find myself re-reading from time to time throughout my life to keep myself questioning.
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