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[[ kindle ]] A Wind in the DoorAuthor Madeleine L'Engle – Clinback.co

Yawn This book gave me anxiety attacks by imprisioning me in the same scene for 30 chapters Goes absolutely nowhere I can t believe it s even related to A Wrinkle in Time No wonder I d never read it in school. Is it weird that I really loved A Wrinkle in Time and I fiercely disliked its sequel I don t remember it being this bad when I read it as a kid, but bad it is There are hints of the delightful whimsy of the first book, particularly in the Mr Jenkins face off and the classroom meeting with Sporos But there are many scenes of purported seriousness which aren t handled well at all The climactic scenes, which I think were supposed to be moving and exciting, were unbearably ham fisted and pretentious Is there seriously a point where, to illustrate the value of love as a weapon against the bad guys, Calvin suddenly remembers some experiment he did on plants as a nine year old where he spoke lovingly to one plant and it grew better than the rest New rules and random developments get thrown one after the other at the reader Apparently you have to X yourself under certain circumstances Blajeny has some kind of immense power but for some reason also must structure the battle for Charles Wallace s life as a series of prophesied tests which Meg also for no clear reason has to be the one to pass Deepening is very important, in fact the centerpiece of the final struggle, but isn t mentioned until we re basically right there waiting for it to happen it s as if Frodo goes to Mordor without an explanation as to why, and then all of a sudden at Mount Doom we find out oh and by the way there s some ring and it has lots of power and he needs to destroy it Its predecessor was a lovely book and its successors are a bit better, but I found this book to be unbelievably disappointing. Now this is what I m talking about If A Wrinkle in Time is hot cocoa, then this book was Ghiredelli s Peppermint Hot Cocoa with marshmallows and 100 Seriously.Trusting the advice of those I loved, I decided to perserver and finish The Time Quartet So it was onto AWITD and it rooked Wow, that was me spelling rocked I thought it was entertaining so I left it for your enjoyment Anyway, I digressThis book was great It joins the same crew Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, and throws in some new adventurers including dragons Now, any book that starts off with dragons, is probably going to be a winner in my book But this time, they are not rescuing their father, or the universe itself although that could be suggested in a round about way , but they are trying to save cute Charles Wallace, my fav I won t really go into the details, but it s good.Again, I was so impressed with her ability to combine Chrisitan beliefs and Scripture with a quantum phsyics biological fantasty based adventure story Wow, that was a wierd sentence There was just so much good theology in there that I kept thinking about it, chewing on it, applying to my own life I just really enjoyed it, and the end Whew That s what really made it Can I just say, Progo, I love you and Meg, way to make nothing into something You rule.Go read this one, it s a winner. This is the second book about Meg, Charles Wallace, their family and Calvin, their friend There is no other obvious connection to the first installment other than that time can be bent and the children go on a sort of adventure through the universe.The universe, this time, is the great idea of everything lying within as without For example, the galaxy is huge to us, making us tiny, and yet we are a part of it So, too, are the smallest parts of us like, for example, mitochondria still a part of us and we are their galaxy.But again, all is not well in this book Though Meg s and Charles Wallace s father is back with the family, there is great danger coming, namely in form of Charles Wallace getting sick from undoing unbeing Help is coming, however, as in the first book Here, in the form of a quite weird angel cherubim and a teacher.Thus, Meg and Calvin have to travel and pass certain tests and even travel into within Meg s little brother.Like I said, the idea though not new is done quite well However, this second book in the series was much less light on the subject of religion like the teacher that must never be questioned, don t ask where , the teacher being all knowing and all powerful but not solving the problem himself etc and the entire philosophy of love being the eternal answer to everything well, that might sound nice in theory but is utterly ridiculous if you think about it No matter how much love you throw at your enemy, if they don t have the same tactic, you re not gonna get very far Just like with the concept of save one and you save them all.In this context especially, it was about bullies The children in Charles Wallace s class as much as the school s principal While I can make allowances for misguided children, I certainly won t for an adult bullying children under his her care So yeah, while I can see this as a story about growing up and being faced with all kinds of problems in the world and having to learn how to deal with them, I don t agree with the solution presented here.The adventure itself, too, was rather bland when compared to the first No idea why It had some truly great and promising elements and the writing style itself was very good once again, too, but neither the quest itself nor the characters accompanying the children especially the cherubim and teacher were up to the challenge. I feel like this book is too often asked to be another Wrinkle in Time, when in fact its sparse cast of characters and relatively uneventful narrative seem like L Engle s deliberate effort to make it the opposite Wrinkle is all about recognizing the universal song of the cosmos, and stepping into it A Wind the Door, however, is about recognizing the cosmos already inside the entity of the human being, and how our choices and sense of identity have an immeasurable effect on the song itself L Engle makes the point that biologically, we are a galaxy unto ourselves, and she brings this point home by literally reducing her main cast of characters to a molecular level The bizarre metaphor works, thanks to some beautiful imagery and a palpable sense of world ending conflict.Once again, there is endless insight into the nature of human relationships, good and evil, faith, science, identity, knowledge, and the subconscious The concepts of Echthroi and kything are introduced, two ideas and words that have stayed with me since I was very young L Engle never writes without something important to say part of what makes reading her so rewarding And the older I get, the her books speak to me I don t think I ll ever stop returning to them. there are some things, i think, that you read that will always stick with you for me, one of those things is the scene in this book with progo, and the discussion he has with meg about the importance of naming how once you are named, you are no matter what i read this later, again, in college, and i read it as a history student, and through that lens, it says fascinating things about the relationship of history and memory, and what history is, and how we leave legacies like many of l engle s books, the theological element is present without being completely clear this was, in a sense, i think her attempt to answer the question of life after death, and also as all her books question how bad and good can exist together in a universe created by a loving god the three mr jenkins scene is pretty memorable as well, plus the idea of the little farandola in the mitochondria her images are so clear and creative, such a wonderful blend of fact and fiction. Why do people always mistrust people who are different I think I may have enjoyed this than Wrinkle More science based And of course, a dragon can never go wrong with a dragon tale Also it didn t have that strange, abrupt dad ending like Wrinkle. DNF 105 pages inI remember reading this as a child and not liking it but couldn t remember why I understand now, this book is boring AF. My second read in the time quintet And oh boy, how much and why I still enjoy reading children books is just out of my grasp Charles Wallace, our brilliant and intuitive 6 year old gets ill He talks about things, that his elder sister Meg, finds impossible to exist Do they really exist Does their existence really matter All of a sudden, it turns out that Charles Wallace s life is important for the survival of our universe And somehow, Meg alone with the help of certain creatures, has to sort out ways to save her dear younger brother.The components used in the novel time and size difference between two galaxies earth and human body , the Proginoskes, Mr Jenkins, The Teacher Blajney, Echthroi, Sposors and Yadah, all had very strong character development Compassion, friendship, empathy, sacrifice, care and above all love has been taught as a lesson throughout the story I believe not only children but sometimes elders should read such magical books to open the gates of our grown up minds to the possibility of impossibilities.Because a lot of lessons taught in this book are not age specific Don t try to comprehend with your mind Your minds are very limited Use your intuition The story tells us that we are nothing alone Every particle in the universe exists to complement the other and nothing is complete within itself That in the battle between good and evil, it is good that always wins, no matter how much difficult does it seem in the start That you can change nothing into everything by the mere acts of love and acceptance The temptation for farandola or for man or for star is to stay an immature pleasure seeker When we seek our own pleasure as the ultimate good, we place ourselves as the center of the universe A fara or a man or a star has his place in the universe, but nothing created is the center One other lesson this story teaches us is that we cannot have wings unless we are rooted And we cannot enjoy the vastness of the skies unless our roots are deep down in the ground.It is true, small offspring Now that I am rooted I am no longer limited by motion Now I may move anywhere in the universe I sing with the stars I dance with the galaxies I share in the joy and in the grief We farae must have our part in the rhythm of the mitochondria, or we cannot be If we cannot be, then we are not.I loved reading this book as much I loved reading A WRINKLE IN TIME.Undoubtedly, 5 happy, loving, dancing stars Every Time A Star Goes Out, Another Echthros Has Won A BattleJust Before Meg Murry S Little Brother, Charles Wallace, Falls Deathly Ill, He Sees Dragons In The Vegetable Garden The Dragons Turn Out To Be Proginoskes, A Cherubim Composed Out Wings And Eyes, Wind And Flame It Is Up To Meg And Proginoskes, Along With Meg S Friend Calvin, To Save Charles Wallace S Life To Do So, They Must Travel Deep Within Charles Wallace To Attempt To Defeat The Echthroi Those Who Hate And Restore Brilliant Harmony And Joy To The Rhythm Of Creation, The Song Of The Universe