Meg Murry can't help but be worried when her six-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, announces there are dragons in the vegetable garden. He's so bright, and so different from other kids, he's getting bullied at school, and he is also strangely, seriously ill.
But Charles Wallace is right about the dragons - actually a friendly entity who has come to help Charles Wallace fight his sickness, and to take Meg and her friend Calvin O'Keefe on a terrifying, wonderful journey into galactic space - where they must battle the force of evil to save Charles Wallace, and themselves.
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Thoughtful, Revealing, Loving
Meg is the heroine of the novel and my favorite character. Meg has the opportunities/frustrations/successes of experiencing new knowledge firsthand while giving the reader a glance into what it might feel like to have the ability to speak across the heavens or synapses (size doesn't matter, you see).
I thoroughly enjoy the scene when Meg connects (or "kives") with other individuals without the need for a vision to accompany the action. She perceives the essence of the individual's spirit and learns that love really isn't an emotion. I'm not going to spoil the book, so you'll have to listen to find out Madeline L'Engle's take on "love".
I usually find myself in tears near the end of the book as all of the newfound skills in communication and understanding heal little brother, Charles Wallace.
Highly recommended. It's for all ages, especially if you find yourself seeking some spiritual inspiration that is beyond religion.
The thing I liked best was how Madeleine L'Engle describes some moments and twisted the story downhill; and when you think the story is lost, it goes back up.
One of the most memorable moments for me was a rather scary part. It was when the main character, Meg went into her twin brother's garden at night, and she discovers a villain, but she does not know the true, evil nature of this villain.
I liked the performance because Jennifer Ehle describes every moment so well with her voice, I feel like I'm actually in the story for a second, in parts where it's wonderful, in parts when it's sad, in parts when it's VERY scary, I always feel I'm there.
Sometimes, this book made me loose hope in the main character. In a part near the end, I felt very, very sad that evil might take over and that no one could stop it.
The only one thing that was not as good as I wanted it to be was that they did not talk about their early adventures from the first book in this series,
An author I'd not come across before. I've been indulging in children's stories recently and I really enjoyed this.
I like fantasy stories when they are based around real life and this fits the bill.
I've never heard Jennifer Ehle's narration before. I only know her from Pride and Prejudice and The Camomile Lawn on TV and thought she was English!
I thought it was really touching to see the close relationship between family members.
Worth a listen.
The narrator emoted in a way that would have been great if this were a simplistic tale for elementary school children. A Wind in the Door is much too subtle and nuanced for that. I would have liked something that better matched the complexity of the book.
I read this book in middle school many years ago and decided to read the series again for nostalgia's sake. The book is well-written and even thought-provoking. The narrator does a good job. This is more than worthwhile.
What doesn't kill me ... Gives me XP.
I think what really threw me off was how different this was from A Wrinkle In Time. I understand that this book is the second in the quartet, but it really seems to have relatively little in common with the first except for the theme of a dying earth--which does not get resolved--and the main characters. If I had read this book on it's own I may have liked it more, but it's contribution to or continuation of the story set up in A Wrinkle In Time is unknown to me. I'm hesitant to spend another credit on the next book.
Wrinkle in Time is one of my top 10 favorite books. After reading and totally devouring A Wrinkle in Time and growing to love the characters, I was disappointed in the sequel. I felt like there was something missing without the Mrs W's. I also felt that the story lacked the vitality and compelling conflict of its predecessor. I am not sure if I will continue the series.
With a word that has a Greek or Latin root, ae is pronounced with a long E sound, and not a long I sound (or an AY sound, for that matter)!
This book is very entertaining and well read. There are occasional moments in the story where Meg can be a little grating, but otherwise a great read, and Jennifer Ehle is fantastic.
"Interesting ideas but a little slow"
Interesting ideas but the story was a little slow. It was good to have development of the characters.
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