- Series: Wheaton Literary Series
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Harold Shaw Pub; 1St Edition edition (April 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0877886156
- ISBN-13: 978-0877886150
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,365,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Other Side of the Sun: A Novel (Wheaton Literary Series) Hardcover – April, 1996
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How can Stella, who grew up at Oxford, understand the basics of keeping herself safe in a place where she's expected to treat the first Negroes she has ever met as if they were members of a different species? How can the girl reared by an agnostic father grasp the conflict between the powerful Christian faith of Honoria, a one-time African princess who takes care of everyone at Illyria, and the dark spirits invoked by the "Granddam" in the desperately impoverished black hamlets just inland from the beachfront homes of the Reniers? Stella doesn't even know the significance of robed horsemen who ride by night. But her husband's people all know it. And so does the English-educated black physician whose danger she increases with every innocent gesture of friendship.Read more ›
That all said, and as many other reviewers have said, this book IS DIFFERENT!!! In this story, L'Engle makes some very heavy points through very beautiful but sometimes dark mediums. At first, the story seems ordinary enough as an English bride, Stella, moves in with her husband's family down in the south at the turn of the century. But even as you meet the cast, you have premonitions that this tale might not flow as nicely as some of her other works. There is a darkness to the people that takes away even from the amusing eccentricities of the family.
As the story builds - bringing in the frightening power of the KKK and of the African-American demon worshippers - you continually fear for this incredibly vulnerable English girl. While Stella is able to find some comfort in the journals of a long-deceased relative named Mado, you wonder where she can turn for help as she unintentionally stirs up a very dark hornet's nest. You know Honoria, the "maid", is a spiritual powerhouse, but is she strong enough? Will Stella's husband come back in time? Will anyone else intervene for her?
Via this very difficult set of circumstances, L'Engle is attempting to prove out Mado's point that only when love has had to go through the burning of the sun is it pure. Before it goes through such fire, it is filled with impurities and deception.Read more ›
The story is told through the eyes of Stella a woman in her eighties returning to her beach home in the deep south.
She tells of first coming there as a newly married young bride from England in 1910. The place is beautiful and wild and completely out of her realm of experience. Her words touch a place at the depths of the soul.
She has married in to the Renier family a genteel, old money southern family and must get to know them in her husbands absense. The charecters are rich and exotic and well developed. One of these is Mado the grandmother whose influence is still quite strong and whose wisdom, fortitude and love remain though she no longer lives. The housekeeper Honoria,an African woman of royal bearing, is full of goodness and peaceful strength. There is also the eccentric but lovable Aunties who live in the past, quote Shakespeare and other literary greats and argue with one another.
There is intrigue and mystery as well as an element of danger threatening to errupt in to violence. It becomes clear the destrutive nature of hatred can not be taken for granted.
The story has the quality of being haunting and lovely and upliftingly joyous. It is a journey of love, tragedy and triumph, of "loves terrible other side", the other side of the sun. It captures the Era of the Post Civil War South in all of it's turbulence and beauty and includes all the ingredients that make a great story. What ever type of reading you prefer, what ever authors you enjoy this book is for you, this story transcends preferences.
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This is an older story dealing with the conflicts of good and evil. How unwillingness to compromise can cause a great deal of damage. Read morePublished 20 days ago by R. S. Kobe
I have always loved this book, and my old paperback copy was falling apart after many readings. Thanks for sending me a hardback in good condition. Read morePublished 7 months ago by M in Texas
A high school English teacher loaned me this book back when I was in high school, because she thought I would enjoy it. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is probably out of print. I read it 40 something years & loved the Southern atmosphere. I hated the system that was in place in the South & the tragedy that happened... Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Marilyn Rushing
I loved this book and have read it I don't remember how many times. I wish I could find others like it and I wish I could get it on my kindle! Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Mary M
Classic scifi- especially if it is out of print- should always be hardback. I find myself rereading it and rereading it.Published on April 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Do not let the title & author fool you: this is not science fiction. It is however, to my mind, L'Engle's masterpiece. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by Mark DeBolt