A Ring of Endless Light
After a tumultuous year in New York City, the Austins are spending the summer on the small island where their grandfather lives. He’s very sick, and watching his condition deteriorate as the summer passes is almost more than Vicky can bear. To complicate matters, she finds herself as the center of attention for three very different boys.
Zachary Grey, the troubled and reck...more
My favorite L'Engle book ever, about the formative summer when Vicky Austin's grandfather is dying and she meets a young marine biology student who teaches her to swim with dolphins. I'm not sure any other YA author has ever come close to L'Engle's complex and intelligent story-telling with the Austin family, which is secure in its wisdom that everyday life is dramatic ...more
I think all developing adolescents should read this book and all its accompanying ones, if only to see that there is more out there than either com ...more
Before anyone starts throwing stones or even worse missiles, I have to point out that this is not a review, but rather a response. Furthermore, I read this book at the wrong time. Which is NOT code for saying that it's an immature book you could only love if you read it as a child. But really, rather than desiring to avoid abuse, I hate to say why a book that is an abiding favourite for so many friends is one that really didn't work for me.
As a child m ...more
Vicky Austin goes to her grandfather’s house on Seven Bay Island. Each day, her grandfather only seems to grow weaker from Leukemia. The book begins with the Austin’s family friend Commander Rodney’s funeral. There, she meets her older brother’s friend Adam, who she thinks she likes. She wor ...more
(mini-review as a follow up to the read along)
A Ring of Endless Light is one of my all-time favorite books. I first read it many years ago and when I got the opportunity to re-read it, I was terrified. I worried that even though I had loved this book so many years ago, I wouldn’t feel the same way years later. I was wrong. I feel like I need to bang my head on a wall for ever underestimating this book but there it is. This is one of the best books I ...more
Though the narrative was okay,the character descriptions was alright and the story line is some how muddied but I will give this book 2 stars.
Honestly, I don't know how anyone can like this book unless they find picture-perfect, saccharine families and neat answers appealing. Vicky is the most understanding and emotionally and psychologically a ...more
Needless to say, I caught on when I realized that the books really weren't speaking to me like the others were...and I quietly returned this one back to the library and saw that I was the only dude to read the book for the past decade...
A good read nonetheless!
I never imagine that I would cry, cry, cry whilst reading this one. After my first reading I had all kind of mixes feelings I did not appreciate it too much, but now, after my second reading, and after reading some of Madeleine L'Engle's nonfiction books, I was better able to see the beauty and the light. I cried because of all the beauty I read about in all of the books by her I have ever read so far.
I have had s ...more
Surprisingly, I never picked up A Ring of Endless Light until college. My sister read it for school and told me that it was a fellow Vicky Austin novel and was surprised I had not y ...more
That being said, I still love this book. Vicky is wrestling with the problem of evil, particularly in terms of death, and she's also learning about burdens and what a person should or should not ask another person to ...more
I’m sorry. I know a lot of people love A Ring of Endless Light. And I don’t want to spend 500 words talking about all the things I didn’t like about it. But honestly, apart from one single element (“Vicky called me and I came.”), I didn’t like anything about it. It was incredibly depressing, with an added layer of morality that I didn’t care for. And not just depressing like “being a teenager is hard”, but filled with an unrealistic amount of death and drama. I ...more
It doesn't have the heart-stopping action of A Wrinkle in Time or the fantastic settings of A Wind in the Do ...more
An interesting and unexpected thing about this reread is realizi ...more
Well, I give this one 4 stars, even if I have some serious issues with some parts of th ...more
The back of the book and the first few chapters it seemed like a realistic fiction coming of age/teen romance (yuck-in my opinion). I was irritated about the 3 boys interested in the 15 year old girl. And I felt that she had to make too many decisions about intimacy that I think girls of ...more
Even though A Wrinkle in Time is probably the best written of her children's books, I've always liked Vicky better, and I've always found Adam to be the more crush-wor ...more
"To live forever in
this body would take away much of the joy of living, even if one didn't age but
stayed young and vigorous... Simply the awareness that our mortal lives had a beginning and will have an end enhances the quality of our living. Perhaps it's even more intense when we
know that the termination of the body is near, but it shouldn't be."
"The obligations of normal human kindness-
chesed, a ...more
Vicky Austin and her family have come to their grandpa's home on an island ...more
(view spoiler)[To start, can I just say:
"You called me."
"And I came."
I'm also going to say that I will not be able to be objective about this book. It's such formative reading for me.
I am reminded of how much I adore Adam Eddington and have always hated Zachary Gray. Zach with his insistence on trying to get everyone around him to shoulder his burdens and his inherent selfishness.
I love Basil and Co. They're pretty excellent.
I ha ...more