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11:27 am: _A Wrinkle in Time_ by Madeleine L'Engle
Yes, I just read it for the first time. There's a startling number of classic books that escaped me in my childhood, so I've been spending some time running them down. (I haven't finished _The Phantom Tollbooth_, either; that's on the list, too.)

I really enjoyed it, and can see why it's a classic. There are some religious undertones that grated on me a little, but in fairness, I get unreasonably prickly about that sort of thing, and in my more objective moments I can see that they're minor and don't get in the way of the narrative flow or themes of the story.

At its heart, it's a story about fierce, uncompromising love, and understanding that "different" doesn't mean "wrong." Yes, there's also travel through folded space, alien worlds and creatures, and an eternal war against a darkness that seeks the subjugation of all sentient races. And, while that's fascinating and compelling, the story is really about a misfit girl named Meg, and the way she'll move heaven and earth to save her father and brother, and make her family whole again.

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From:1cmf
Date:October 5th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
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I know what you mean about the religion angle.

Peter sellers did a movie called "Being There" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078841/

The lead character is a simpleton and a bit of an idiot, who basically spouts TV phrases, and all the rich, cunning folks around him continually assume he's terribly important and smart. Hilarity ensues. But by the end of the movie, he is walking along a lake and just ups and decides to stroll off across the water.

My friends mom, who saw that with us was incensed and had the movie ruined for her, until I turned it around by stating that the lead character is also unreasonably lucky, and so he just walked out across a flooded pier or something and it was our turn in the audience to mistake him as something profound.
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From:orpheusinhades
Date:October 6th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
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I used to say that was my favorite movie. Now I usually say 'Princess Mononoke'.

Also, WTF with not reading Wrinkle. WTF. OMG.
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From:1cmf
Date:October 6th, 2012 04:11 am (UTC)
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princes mononoke rocks, but then, as a studio ghibli production, it naturally would.
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From:greenquotebook
Date:October 6th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
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What orpheusinhades said.

I spend too much time over on Facebook. I kept looking for the Like button on his comment till I realized I was on LJ. Grr...

If you're looking for good kids books, print out the list of Newbery Award winners and work your way through. You'll end up reading lots of books you probably wouldn't have picked up otherwise, and they're all worth your time.

"The Whipping Boy" - read it!
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