Saturday, September 8, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle

“Why does anybody tell a story?” Ms. L’Engle once asked, even though she knew the answer.

“It does indeed have something to do with faith,” she said, “faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.”

This is from the NY Times obituary for one of my favorite authors , Madeleine L'Engle, who died this week. Troubling A Star, A Ring of Endless Light (which was a Newbery honor book), Many Waters, and, of course, A Wrinkle in Time (a Newbery medal winner) were among my favorites. She created some wonderful characters (Vicky Austin, Charles Wallace Murray, Adam Eddington), some thrilling situations, and she was a master of insightful titles, but I'll always remember the way she wove morality and values so deftly into her stories that you just pulled it in with all the action, almost by accident.

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