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Madeleine L’Engle’s Chronos and Kairos

I really have to work on posting entries when I first think of them. I’ve got a few ideas waiting to be written. This is the first one! (Chronologically speaking in order of when I thought of them, as well. Funny.)

I read through my Madeleine L’Engle books over the past couple months, seeing which ones I really didn’t have an interest in any longer. (Of course I read through them chronologically: A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, Many Waters, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, The Moon by Night, The Young Unicorns, Arm of the Starfish, A Ring of Endless Light, Troubling a Star, A House Like a Lotus, and An Acceptable Time. I don’t have Meet the Austins or Dragons in the Waters.)

It turns out this is harder than I expected. If I were to go solely by story, I would get rid of The Moon by Night, The Young Unicorns, Arm of the Starfish, and Troubling a Star. But if I were to consider the whole book, the only title I’m still willing to give away is The Young Unicorns. It’s because the other titles have characters connected to the books I’m not giving away. Argh! Me and my sentimentality!

A bit of likely unnecessary backstory: the books I’m considering disposing of I’ve read only once or twice before this winter (except Troubling a Star, which I’ve read a few times), and probably bought only to read more about Ms. L’Engle’s characters. For the most part, I find them somewhat dry and dragging. Possibly because of the printing. If it looks like it came from the ’90s, I tend to read the story as dry.

Seriously, newspaper-quality paper and thick type? Come on! How much money were these publishers trying to save here? How much money did they really make in the long run? Especially A House Like a Lotus. I don’t know what typeface was used, but it looks like a modern typeface. In a book? Yuck.

Back to the original topic. If I take into account the characters in the books, I really want to keep Arm of the Starfish because it has Polly (Poly?) O’Keefe in it. Don’t really care for the story (never liked mysteries; once I read it the first time, the re-read value goes down by about 95%), but I like seeing how different she is from in AHLaL. I see growth, change, damage from your average high school setting.

Since I’m keeping Adam Eddington’s story before ARoEL, I feel like I should keep TMbN for Vicky. Zachary Gray is also in TMbN, who’s also in ARoEL and AAT. (Ooh, even longer period of development!) After that, I begin to think I should keep TaS just to wrap up the whole Adam/Vicky story, although I figure I can just remember that they stay connected. (One time I tried reading TaS again and I couldn’t even finish it. Do you know how rare an occurance that is?)

So I end up giving away only TYU and TaS. TaS is a fairly thick book; I’ll gain lots of bookshelf space giving that book away. Which is the main reason I’m reading through the books. (Mum made me a new bookshelf last summer for the foot of my bed where I can put my comics and some DVDs and CDs, and already I’ve got a stack of books about two feet tall with no place to go!)

AotS and TMbN are thin books, they won’t take up much shelf space. But it bugs me that these books are sitting on my shelf that I never ever ever plan to read ever again! Unless I’m really bored with whatever else I have. *twitch*

A comment about the two later Polly books: I know the two fit into two different series (does AHLaL go in with the Chronos books? it does have Zachary … but then he shows up in a Kairos book as well…), one is more grounded in reality and the other is more of a fantasy. But still. Does Polly feel like a completely different character in each book? Or is it just my mind yet again getting influenced by appearances (this time the covers), so AHLaL feels more dry (the type doesn’t help either :P) and AAT is rich and fun?

I know in AHLaL she’s recovering from a deep hurt, and she’s around people who aren’t her grandparents (everyone cleans up for their loving grandparents, right?), but still. The AAT Polly seems younger. And some other stuff that would come to mind better if I weren’t writing this at 1:30 in the morning. Wow, I typed a lot. Why do I always do that? And writing school papers just sucks hardcore! I’m lucky if I come up with the bare minimum required.

war? no war?

I wonder. Why do people oppose Bush and his call for war? Not that I in ANY WAY support war as a way to resolve problems with other countries. Just ones with idiot powerful rulers who want to take over the world and won’t listen to many countries trying to get them to stop.

Um. *koff* Kind of straying away from what I want to say here. Okay. I suppose that I’m too close to WWII. Or it’s too close to me. I’m not sure which it is. Anyway.

My dad says Suddam has killed more Muslims than anyone else in the world, past or present. (What religion is Suddam? Suddamism? Suddamity? Suddamish? ^_^;; *is so totally ignorant*) We also didn’t know how horrible Hitler was until after the war was over. Okay okay okay I realize I am totally out of it and this argument is probably being discussed elsewhere (including messageboards) and that there are probably hundreds of rebuttals (don’t laugh at me if I misspelled that … *thinking Simpsons*). So no one flame me or shove anything down my throat. This is personal rambling.

I guess I’m like Mommy. 50/50. If war happens, I see the reason for it. If war doesn’t happen, I’d see reasons for that happening too. (Although if we didn’t have war because of something other than Congress or Bush or any governmentshtuffpeople retracting everything, then I would be very very red [boiling red!] and blue [bluer than the deepest ocean]. Why? Because I don’t want to be hit with a nukular warhead. ;_; [No I’m not being selfish. I’m thinking Hiroshima. I’m thinking Bachan and all those other people who SHOULD NOT have to go through it again.])

I should think of the other side now. I can’t. o_o Well obviously I don’t want war because the draft will be called up again, and that would be the stupidest thing ever (no not really stupid … but ebil and cruel and not right at all). A lot of people will die. (Yet I think of the people dying right now for no reason. Wait. The reason is that no one’s stopping Suddam. I also think of all the people fighting for the US who’ve died so far. I think not one of them was killed in combat. Am I right? They’re all dying in car crashes or some such accident.) I’m horrible at this. What other reason? O.O Other countries would go to war with us … and it would start WWIII, no duh. Although that does have to happen, I think. I don’t know why.

Before I thought that no way would God let a third world war happen. But then again, who’s to say he “lets” anything happen here? We’re not His puppets. We have free will. Everyone chooses their own destiny (and HAHAHA that is more true than the phrase suggests, i.e. writing out our life charts before we’re born). Well anyway. So God doesn’t make things happen to us. We let things happen to ourselves. We cause things to happen to ourselves. So maybe that’s why I think God would “let” a third world war happen now.

(And where’d I get the free will and God not letting things happen from? Xenocide. XPP Well. Not exactly. It had something about asking God to stop something. I thought, ‘How would God stop it? Humans are doing it. Of their own free will.’ And that reminded me of the stuff about free will in A Ring of Endless Light. Or was it another of those books? Not sure. But anyway. When I first read the free will thing [and the last time too, in fact] I thought, ‘BS. Interesting thought and everything. But it’s not just that.’ Um. I’m not quite sure what I thought. ^_^;; It was a while ago. I should reread it. I wonder what part it’s in. ._.)

Okay I forget what I was talking about. o.o;; Owell. It’s all gone. Well not really. I’m still pretty 50/50 while leaning toward we need to shut up Suddam. Yup yup.

A Ring of Endless Light movie

Oh yes, the dreaded watching of “A Ring of Endless Light.” -_- It was a lot worse than I expected. Okay, I could tell from the commercials it was going to be mainly about the dolphins, and not much else, but still, they added a mermaid!! There wasn’t a mermaid in the book, right? Right??? And one scene, the dream, when she ends up kissing Adam (hah!) underwater, I cracked up! Ahaha, so ridiculous

The big killer was they took out the parents. WTH??? Taking out two of the key character’s in Vicki’s life?? How is she to grow? And they made Susie a brain!! Augh! Oh yes, they took out John. That’s another thing! Without John, they made Adam ride up and introduce himself, which ever so totally ruins most of his character and all of his background!

The guy who played Zachary, he could have been good. If he were like 5 years older, and much much paler. :b Everyone else was awful. Including the Grandfather. :/ He didn’t seem as … otherworldly. ^_^;; Don’t know how else to put it. He was a bit more earthy and stable. -_-

Ooh, ooh, they got rid of Leo and the hospital scenes! Uh, I could understand getting rid of Leo, the way they were making it go, he would have turned the movie into a teen “stuck between boyfriends” kind of thing. >_< Soooo … uhh … what’s a really intelligent word for stupid? ^_^;;

And of course they had to get rid of Robin. But the ending of the book made the whole thing! Er, for me, anyway. :D I liked the style of the writing, although I didn’t understand it the first time. *rolleyes* Umm, yeah, I don’t feel like ranting anymore.