Wednesday 16 January 2013

Mini #bookreview: A Wrinkle in Time and A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recently re-read this as I just bought myself a copy during a recent book sale (I previously borrowed it). I think I loved it more this time than before, if that could happen. Then again I can't remember when I first read it, so I really can't judge.

I like the way L'engle uses Meg's faults to be their very saving grace. It reminds me that sometimes what I perceive as my faults and weaknesses can also be used by God in mysterious ways. That's not to say that we don't work to become better people, but rather that we need to accept ourselves as who we are now so that we can move on gracefully as we change and grow.

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A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I once found the Earthsea series very exciting, having borrowed the set of four from a friend and devoured them in one sitting during a school break. After a decade (or maybe more), I found the first of the series during a book sale and decided to buy it to start my own collection.

The story itself is much as I remembered; how Ged, the young boy from Gont, full of pride, releases a black shadow into the world, almost losing his power of wizardry in the process and how, as a young wizard, he faces down his fear and his nemesis and becomes whole again. However, instead of being transported to that rapture I recalled, I found instead dry, almost boring narration.

I'm not sure if it's a trick of my memory, or whether it's the years of reading that has made the difference, but re-reading this spoilt the magic of Earthsea for me, and I begin to understand why there were some rather negative reviews for this book.

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