I hear of these titles; cited as favorites read when a child and I wonder. Did I read this? Why do I have no recollections of favorite books – am I just too old?! eeeeak! say it ain’t so!
I just don’t remember too many books but can (upon hard-thinking) recall that I read the Ramona (I think that’s the character) books. I read Nancy Drew and that ilk. I know I loved the Chronicles of Narnia but those are more tween books than children’s books, right?
Heck, I don’t even remember Good Night Moon. My mother assures me that she read books to me and that I read books all the time, but unfortunately, not much documentation exists to prove any of it.
Probably, what all this means is that it is quite obvious I don’t have kids myself and thus haven’t had any reason to trip down a literary memory lane…
When a read-along was announced for the beloved A Wrinkle in Time book(s), I decided that I needed to cross this classic off the list.
I went to the library. The library had two extremely grubby (germ-infested) hardbacks. AND ONE AUDIO – and only six discs! Yippee! ” The audio would be the absolutely perfect way to enjoy this!”, so I thought. I could listen as a child does?
Somehow I missed the very first sentence – did I tell you that I’m not much of an auditory learner? Sure, if I were to see the words, “It was a dark and stormy night.” I would have referenced it as one of the most well-known opening sentences to any book ever, right?
Well, that went right over my head even with the words visible on the button for the discussion challenge?!?!?! sigh…
But I did get the experience of the hurricane conditions and the sounds of a big storm as it hammered the house – especially from Meg’s bedroom clear up in the attic. I was quickly entranced into the story – the sensations and the experience.
Charles Wallace was my favorite of the kids. I was nothing like Meg as a child so I couldn’t relate to her obstinance at all. Of course, I found the mother to be all too perfect, but whatever. And I quickly guessed – after checking the published date – that the father must be on some secret government mission.
I had assumed these books were much older but still twentieth century. But I had NO IDEA that this was science fiction and space travel! And mythical creatures and other worlds!! And religious? nope. Didn’t know that.
The religion didn’t bother me. I’m not what you’d call religious but I have a belief set heavily grounded in Christian theology having gone to parochial school for my elementary years. And when the story pressed the children for earthly fighters against evil, I was glad that the list wasn’t only Jesus Christ but included Ghandi, too. I suppose that was just a scrap of acknowledgment to ‘other’ varieties of faith. Sure, I can understand that it could come across as heavy-handed on the push for Christian definition of good but it didn’t bother me – I just rolled with it.
What bothered me was the play out of the rescue – it seemed to chunk and clunk along. After the wonderful build up to what was going to be the mission; OH! they are going to rescue Father! Mrs. Whatsit and her friends are ANGELS! cool. (and I heard Mrs. WITCH not ‘which’ – I wonder what else I missed?!)
The first half was better than the second half. When I was in the middle of the last disc and the story had to wrap up soon; I was more impatient than Meg to GET ON WITH IT ALREADY. Surely, we will not abandon Charles Wallace to the evil IT brain.
and it was over so fast, I almost replayed it but decided it was over so what was I really going to catch in that two minutes that I can’t figure out?
I did enjoy the set up and opening scenes. I adored Charles Wallace. I liked the idea of tessering!
In fact, this TESSERACT stuff really caught my attention because on one of my stints as a computer programmer, I worked with a software application called Tesseract. I had no idea this was a ‘real’ or known word! I only knew it as the name of the application and thought it made up. HUH, again.
My Question: What kind of name is Fortinbrass for a dog!? (Am I spelling it right? What does it mean?)