Monday, January 31, 2011
book review: The Crosswicks Journals by Madeleine L'Engle
Was Madeleine L'Engle anyone else's favorite author as a child? A Wrinkle in Time, An Acceptable Time, And Both Were Young- I read her books over and over growing up. Her books are not "children's books," and reached me in different ways at different times.
Madeleine's Crosswick's Journals are not fiction, but excerpts from journals she kept during her life. There are four journals, each dealing with a period of her life. The word that comes to mind when thinking about her writing is gentle. These books deal with a range of things, some humorous and some heart-wrenching, but Madeleine's writing is like stories and advice from a favorite godmother, someone you ran to for help when your own life was difficult. It is also interesting to see how people and places from her own life made it into her books.
These journals are a perfect curl-up-on-a-snow-day read. They don't have to be read in order, or even all together, but after you read one you will want to track down the rest.