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Book Title: The Other Side of the Sun|
The author of the book: Madeleine L'Engle
Edition: Ballantine Books
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 434 KB
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Date of issue: August 12th 1983
ISBN 13: 9780345306166
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Reader ratings: 6.5
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I was a big Madeleine L'Engle fan as a kid, though I favored the time-travel ones over the ordinary-time ones as a rule - I read this book once sometime in junior high or high school, but never re-read it as I did with most of my favorite L'Engles, so revisiting it now, I found I had forgotten all but the most general details.
Stella, a British girl of 19, falls in love with and marries an American southerner while he was stationed in England. His job almost immediately sent him onward to a secret international destination, so Stella went alone to his family home to wait for him, and suddenly finds herself thrust into a world very different from anything she'd known before - the South of the early 1900s, still quietly reeling from the after-effects of the Civil War. Her husband's family estate is occupied by two elderly great-aunts, an aunt and uncle, and the elderly black couple who keep the estate running, and Stella quickly meets other relatives and colorful neighbors living in the immediate area as well.
I enjoyed the story, the gradually revealed family intrigue, the flavor of almost magical realism, but I felt like too many of the characters were painful stereotypes, from the housekeeper who was actually an African princess with magical powers, to the unbearably precious idiot-savant twins who speak in rhyme. The final battle between good and evil felt particularly cliched and singlehandedly brought this from a four-star to a three-star novel. The final dramatic scene, though, is surprising and unsettling, and L'Engle is most definitely an excellent storyteller. I wouldn't place The Other Side of the Sun terribly high in the L'Engle canon, but there's still an enjoyable story here.
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Read information about the authorMadeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regeneration in The Arm of the Starfish, and so forth.
"Madeleine was born on November 29th, 1918, and spent her formative years in New York City. Instead of her school work, she found that she would much rather be writing stories, poems and journals for herself, which was reflected in her grades (not the best). However, she was not discouraged.
At age 12, she moved to the French Alps with her parents and went to an English boarding school where, thankfully, her passion for writing continued to grow. She flourished during her high school years back in the United States at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, vacationing with her mother in a rambling old beach cottage on a beautiful stretch of Florida Beach.
She went to Smith College and studied English with some wonderful teachers as she read the classics and continued her own creative writing. She graduated with honors and moved into a Greenwich Village apartment in New York. She worked in the theater, where Equity union pay and a flexible schedule afforded her the time to write! She published her first two novels during these years--A Small Rain and Ilsa--before meeting Hugh Franklin, her future husband, when she was an understudy in Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard. They married during The Joyous Season.
She had a baby girl and kept on writing, eventually moving to Connecticut to raise the family away from the city in a small dairy farm village with more cows than people. They bought a dead general store, and brought it to life for 9 years. They moved back to the city with three children, and Hugh revitalized his professional acting career. The family has kept the country house, Crosswicks, and continues to spend summers there.
As the years passed and the children grew, Madeleine continued to write and Hugh to act, and they to enjoy each other and life. Madeleine began her association with the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where she has been the librarian and maintained an office for more than thirty years. After Hugh's death in 1986, it was her writing and lecturing that kept her going. She has now lived through the 20th century and into the 21st and has written over 60 books and keeps writing. She enjoys being with her friends, her children, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren."
Copyright © 2007 Crosswicks, Ltd. (Madeleine L'Engle, President)
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