Lewis vs. L'Engle

Tuesday, April 18, 2006


The most striking thing about this book so far is Charles. It is so fantastic to believe that a 5 year old kid could be so intellectual. It seems even more improbable that someone so mentally advanced and that can read minds and absorb information from concentrating on it can't read. I get the feeling from the reading so far that Charles is very much like his father, although obviously the father has yet to be introduced.
I think that L'Engle's style of writing makes you identify heavily with Meg's situation. She writes everything so the reader can decipher barely enough to keep going and not feel completely lost, but at the same time you do feel completely lost; Meg feels the same throughout this section of the novel, so far as I can tell. Meg is a terribly confused person in general though: she is confused about her dad's job and safety, she is confused about Calvin, she is confused about anything in school aside from math, she is confused about Charles, about the Mrs.s, about the wrinkles and tesseracts, and any number of other things. I would imagine that as the book continues we will see her resolve a lot of these issues; perhaps a theme of growing up.


At 9:54 PM, Blogger Dale Sullivan said...

So, this post reminds me of Katrina's in that you bring up the difference in the narrator's style. I suppose that we could say that in Wrinkle we have a third person narrator, but the narrator's point of view is the same as Meg's. The narrator sees only what Meg sees and experiences only what Meg experiences, so we as readers, find our consciousness yoked to Meg's.


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