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And Both Were Young by Madeleine L'Engle
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Nov 29, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: ya-books
Read in November, 2009

This definitely didn't have the magic of many of l'Engle's other books, but I haven't read her for a very long time, and I wonder whether I would find it in any of her books. I liked Flip better as a self-pitying lonely romantic and didn't love the pull-up by the bootstraps and fit in with the rowdy boarding school girls message. Though maybe in the shadow of World War II, that message was more powerful--just get on with the living because too many have died. I was fascinated by the mention of a hostel for lost children of the war on the border of Switzerland and Germany. Were these places real? Because one of my favorite books by Margot Benary-Isbert also featured an ark-like saving station.

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