Friday, September 07, 2007

Madeleine L'Engle

I didn't have the kind of experience with Madeleine L'Engle's books that many of her fans recalled today when news of her death broke. I didn't read any of her work until I was an adult, and it didn't do for me what it clearly did for many others.

However, somewhere around nine to twelve years ago, I drove about an hour to hear her speak. I only went because the rest of the family was away for the weekend, and I wanted to do something different and writer-like with my found time. So I saw my chance to go hear a famous writer speak, and I grabbed it. I went by myself, and while sitting alone in a group of strangers, I felt my enthusiasm draining away. I wished I'd done something else with my free Saturday.

Then L'Engle was introduced and began to speak. I can't recall now what she said, just how I felt when I left there. Inspired and excited. I don't know how long that lasted, but it's good to come upon someone who can make you feel that way even if it's only for a while.


Kelly said...

Many people have mentioned that her books haven't translated to adulthood. I don't know. I haven't read them as an adult. I just remember how much I loved A Wrinkle in Time and Meg, her hero.

Gail Gauthier said...

I've seen that comment, too. Because I didn't read them as a child, I have no way of knowing what the child reading experience would be.