Tuesday, September 11, 2007

welcome to camezotz

As anyone who has ever met me is probably aware, one of the books that most changed my life is Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.

(It also, apparently, did so for Sawyer in LOST. Woo!)

My father first read the book to me as a bedtime story. Even though I was just at that age where, beginning to read, I would peer over his shoulder to read ahead, nothing ever matched his ability to do the amazing voices of the Three Ladies. To this day, each time I reread the book (an act I do every year or so), I hear those voices in my mind's ear.

The book is such a part of my being that my go-to quotation is straight from it* -- a book which, in a very tongue-in-cheek nod to the literary world, L'Engle began, "It was a dark and stormy night."

L'Engle passed away this weekend at the age of 88. I hope I will reread her book each year until I am at least that age.

And speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.

To you, Mrs. Whatsit.

*Apparently, if you Google "Speaking of ways, by the way..." my blog is the third hit. I happily assume the mantle of the Mrs. W's.

1 comment:

Bing said...

I clicked on your link from Tomato Nation because you're the Other Leigh in my head, so I was curious. And then I read this entry and am much closer to concluding that Leighs are just overall pretty cool people.