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May 14, 2004

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Young Readers, Old Souls

Why is it that the great children’s book authors are so often so wise? (I’m not sure it’s a property of all great authors; although I could be wrong.)

My allegiance to Phillip Pullman, author of “The Golden Compass,” etc., is well-known.

I’ve never actually read the classic “A Wrinkle in Time.” I know it’s supposed to be great, though, and this interview with Madeleine L’Engle confirms that, true to form, she is brilliant and charming. And, like Pullman, a bit cantankerous.

The interview is pegged to the “Wrinkle in Time” TV movie that aired this week, so it starts like this:

So youíve seen the movie?
Iíve glimpsed it.

And did it meet expectations?
Oh, yes. I expected it to be bad, and it is.

She goes on to talk about the important stuff: God and Harry Potter.

(Link via Scott McCloud’s blog.)

Posted May 14, 2004 at 7:04 | Comments (4) | Permasnark
File under: Society/Culture


Did you read the interview with L'Engle in the New Yorker a few weeks ago? Wise she may be, but she also, like many of our most creative writers, seems to be a bit blurry on the line between fantasy and reality, especially when it comes to her own family's history.

Of course, maybe she just likes telling reporters stories. I know I would. :-)

I can't believe you haven't read "A Wrinkle In Time."

Posted by: Gavin on May 14, 2004 at 08:49 PM

I know. It's like I don't have full nerd credentials. "A Wrinkle In Time" always seemed a little dreamy to me, though... almost hallucinatory. Am I wrong?

Posted by: Robin on May 17, 2004 at 10:18 AM

Yeah, it's been a long time since I've read it, and there' not really much that I remember about it, so I think that sort of fits the "hallucinatory" tag. :-)

Posted by: Gavin on May 17, 2004 at 02:48 PM

Dude, I am trawling your archives looking for a post you wrote about a map in Harry Potter and I find this. Please tell me you've gone on and read some of these? They are fabulous. I started at the second book, A Wind In The Door, and it's great. There's some really imaginative fantasy that comes after in A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

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