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A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle
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it was ok
bookshelves: book-club, middle-grade

As with A Wrinkle in Time, the characterization in this book is a bit thin, and most particularly so for the main character, Meg. How old is she? 14 or so? She sure doesn't come across that way (she feels MUCH YOUNGER), among other things (anger, tantrums, sobbing fearful tears) in apparently being completely devoid of any typical teenage angst/hormones/feelings with regard to her "closeness" with 16-year-old Calvin. That aside, the theme here is (again) love... but it's gotten even weirder and more mystical than in the first book, devolving ultimately into incoherent poetry about the oneness of everything. I can appreciate a nicely wielded gilding of poetry in an otherwise prose composition, but this just feels tedious. Maybe I'm just too old for these books (a sad thought given my fond memories!) or maybe they really are as threadbare and clunky as they now seem. Disappointing!
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Reading Progress

October 18, 2010 – Shelved
October 18, 2010 – Shelved as: book-club
November 16, 2010 – Started Reading
November 18, 2010 – Finished Reading
November 28, 2018 – Shelved as: middle-grade

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message 1: by Mark (new)

Mark Poncelet Some of the words you used -- love, mystical, oneness -- reminded me of the sort of stories I used to see on television in the seventies. Sure enough, this book has a 1973 publication date. Could it be that the theme reflects the spirituality and sentimentality of the early seventies? Maybe it's not that you're too old, but that enough time has passed that it makes the books less relevant?

That, of course, doesn't excuse Meg's inappropriate description. :-)


Kiri You could well be right! We'll have to see how A Swiftly Tilting Planet fares next. :)


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