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review 2018-01-10 02:45
Coming of age sci-fi
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

I'm rating this what I think my 12 years old me would have, because adult me has issues.


What was touched upon that I loved:


  • How structured education can grind on an, as Calvin calls it, uneven child.
  • That moment of realization where we find out that parents are not omnipotent, and the subsequent time were we resent them for not living up to that expectation.
  • Being equals and being the same are two different things.
  • Siblings love.


Talking generally, I really liked the descriptions. Very vivid.


My adult hang-up: More or less the same as with Narnia, though thankfully not as egregious. The religious undertones I could well have done without (hell, the three Mrs. could well be placeholders for the holy trinity, one not being corporeal, one good at communicating, one coming as quotes). I'd demote half a star for that today.

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text 2018-01-09 05:02
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 211 pages.
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

I've just finished "The "Tesseract" chapter, and I love how the concept was explained.


Looks like we are in for an epic with a major E


A bit later: Camazotz is "Another brick in the wall" creepy. And from this trailer that Debbie posted, it looks like the movie is getting it right.


Another chapter further: The red eyed man too! Those trailers look even better now that I can tie flashes to events *grin*

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text 2018-01-05 15:40
Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 211 pages.
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

Loved the introduction. Put me in mind of Pullman talking about his Dark Materials series.


The breadth of vocabulary of the characters, and the way a precocious child can struggle with structured schooling is depicted puts her writing where her mouth is, and I applaud it. Oh, and the frustration with adults! I would have loved this when I was a kid. Even more, the variety of sentiments in those adults causing the frustration, from the truly empathetic (but sometimes you want nothing but to rage) to the fake/managing ones (that kids instinctually pick up on most times).

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review 2017-04-20 19:12
*pleased sigh*
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate - Jacqueline Kelly

How could I have neglected this book so long! I have found me a new all time favourite. You have no idea how lucky you are that most of the time I was too entertained to post. I have saved quotes at the rate of one-a-chapter, and I was trying to be conservative.


I read, and I kept researching things mentioned, from taxonomy to music or history, and having a blast through-out. I couldn't stop laughing, even during the turkey debacle (there was something inherently funny in that tragedy of childhood).


“Why do you want a donkey?” said Harry.
“Because I don’t think people eat donkeys. Do they?”


The thought that I have to get my mom to read this poped continously too. Mom is a school librarian, and has a project going where she narrates to the kids in a bi-weekly basis. Lending is at an all-time hight since it started. They discuss a lot of what she reads them in a free way, and they come up with the most interesting questions and observations. They also end up researching a lot on their own, (or plain finish the book in a weekend) since there's no obligation *snickers*. Now imagine what this book could spawn. I pestered her on the phone the whole morning (whenever I surfaced from the pages, that is).


There are some narrow anachronisms in general, and I reckon there must be more in particular for the region, since the author apologises in the note at the end. But really? Like one can place every bit acuratedly on ones own timeline. And no child is that aware of herself and her place in the world (hell, most adults aren't that awere of themselves), but while many observations might be too clearly worded, they still ring true to some memories of childhood impressions. Children instincts are an uncanny thing.


So, is it imperfect? I really couldn't tell you, since after reading six glorious months on the life of this child, my only true complain is that I wanted more when I got to the end. More pages, more time with her, more of and for her future.

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text 2017-04-20 13:25
Reading progress update: I've read 175 out of 338 pages.
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate - Jacqueline Kelly

"...then broke into song, something rude about a drunken sailor and what should be done about him. To pass the time, he taught me the words."


Those too eldery to give a damn anymore are best part of your coming of age. I had a grandfather that taught me to cook, and kept reminding me not to rush stupidly; a great-grand-aunt who would talk to me about sex and relationships, kept encouraging me to try whatever as long as I was careful; a great aunt who included me in the after-coffee shots, and told me stories about getting roaring drunk with my great-grandmother, and about the joys and difficulties of raising a kid alone (she adopted while single, one damned tough lady). Goodness, did I love and admire them.

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