July 4, 2019

new madeleine l'engle books


Well this title is a bit of a cheat, because there aren't actually any new Madeleine L'Engle books (ARE THERE???) but there are some lovely new covers out there that I hadn't seen before and I think they're absolutely breathtaking.

So I've mentioned many times throughout the years about my love for all things Madeleine L'Engle. And as much as I adore 'A Wrinkle in Time', I spent years reading and re-reading the Austin series. As I just mentioned recently in this Instagram post about literary boyfriends, I had a HUGE crush on Adam Eddington from 'The Arm of the Starfish' and 'A Ring of Endless Light' and 'Troubling a Star'. I loved 'Camilla' and I was OBSESSED with 'And Both Were Young'. I pretty much read every Madeleine L'Engle book I could get my hands on.

And as I got older, I began reading her books for adults, like 'A Severed Wasp', 'The Small Rain' and 'A Winter's Love'.

The thing that always gets me about Madeleine's books is how in nearly each story - by the end, you feel like you intimately KNOW the characters, in a way I find lacking in so many other books. I'm not religious at all, like, AT ALL - but I very much appreciate how L'Engle's personal spirituality finds expression in her themes and ideas about life. Her books are cosmic, in the best sense.

Anyway, I was pretty bowled over to discover that there are still more of L'Engle's adult novels that I've yet to read! Apparently 'Ilsa' was out of print for nearly 60 years and is darker in tone than a lot of her works, dealing with unrequited love and romantic fixation in a Southern town.

And I'm dying to read 'The Other Side of the Sun' about a British bride who comes to live in the American South after the Civil War. (um, THAT must have been interesting.)

I'm fascinated that she wrote some novels set in the South, because nearly everything else I've read of hers is set on the East Coast, or European locales. She has a very East Coast sensibility that comes through in her writing due to her college years in Massachusetts and her years living in NYC as an actress on Broadway. I knew that she went to boarding school in Europe, but I didn't realize that she also went another boarding school in South Carolina.

What do you think? Have you read her adult novels? OH - check this out - there are these GORGEOUS sets for the 'A Wrinkle in Time' series and also a set that includes the books featuring Meg Murray's daughter Polly. Very cool.

6 comments:

  1. This is just a "me too" comment--and to thank you for reminding me I have the Other Side of the Sun on my Kindle and had forgotten about it! I JUST reread Small Rain and Severed Wasp. Love the new sets!

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    1. Awesome!!! I can't wait to read these! And I love it when I get book reminders ha ha ha!

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  2. Have you read the Wrinkle in Time graphic novel? It's wonderful!

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    1. I have NOT, but my daughter did and she LOVED IT. I've heard that it's really really great.

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  3. I haven't read too many of her novels, but I've read her diaries and some of her spiritual works. I'm fascinated by her. This makes me want to see about checking my library for some of these.

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    1. I seriously adore her adult novels - if you're a fan, you should definitely check them out!

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