Madeleine, time

I wonder if  re-reading A Wrinkle in Time would be a disappointment.  

I saw my high school friend Erin over Christmas in Buffalo. We ran into each other in a bookstore and later met for coffee. Kindred-ly — We had each planned to meet with our respective bookish leaders: her yearbook advisor, my journalism advisor. And somehow we started talking about favorite books and favorite authors. We got misty-eyed over Madeleine L’Engle and Erin said she’d gone to the memorial service in New York. It made me want to dive back into the stratosphere with Meg and Calvin and Charles Wallace and learn again what a tesseract is. But I’ve heard that the re-reading lifts the veil of wonder and hurts the memories crystallized through a child’s eyes.

Maybe this. I’m not going to re-read A Wrinkle in Time  or Ender’s Game or The Chronicles of Narnia until I am reading them to someone else.

4 thoughts on “Madeleine, time

  1. First, let me say what an honor it is to be mentioned on my favorite blog!!

    I was going to object and say that you shouldn’t avoid going back to re-read your childhood favorites, but then you closed up the thought perfectly with the idea of only going back when you have someone else to read them too. I think that’s perfect.

    For me, I guess I never let Madeleine lapse. I’ve read A Ring of Endless Light almost every two years since I was probably 11 or 12. So, for me, reading the book again isn’t about rediscovering the story, it’s about rediscovering who I was when I first read it. As I’ve grown older, regretably, I’ve felt like I’ve lost some of the best parts of myself. Going back to the book reminds me who I was at that time and let’s me strive to retain some of those things I’ve started to lose – be it wonderment, purity, hope, or compassion.

    Long live young adult fiction!

  2. Erin, that’s a completely beautiful way to think about it; thank you for adding those thoughts and reminder about the many things a good book can be. 🙂

  3. So interesting, indeed….great to hear about Erin and from Erin!
    There was a great article in THe Atlantic last month about that new series “Twilight.” The author talked about her adolescent love of literature, the particular way it makes you feel, the glow it leaves you with for life. Writing this article as an adult, examining the popularity of the series, she sees the way it impacts teens. And it takes her back to her own childhood, reading. Reminded me of so many things….

  4. There is never a veil on Madeline L’Engle. She tops my all time favorite list. And, really, she has never gone out of style for me, never become something irrelevant or “old.” She remains fabulous. But iy would be nice to share them with someone.

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