Madeleine L’Engle, 1918-2007

The children’s fantasy writer Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, has died.

A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorite books when I was little. I love the scene towards the end, when Meg is pondering how to free her little brother Charles Wallace from the clutches of the Big Brother-like creature IT, and she realizes that all she must do is tell him she loves him, and mean it. It’s a wonderful, emotional book about the trascendent power of love in the face of evil. And it’s also about instantaneous travel through time and space, if that’s your thing.


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