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A Circle of Quiet Paperback – January 1, 1984
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"My favorite of all Madeleine L'Engle's books. Lovely, charming, a book to cherish. I know it will give great consolation to ordinary people who sometimes wonder why they bother to get out of bed in the morning." -- Jean Kerr
About the Author
Madeline L'Engle, the popular author of many books for children and adults, has interspersed her writing and teaching career with raising three children, maintaining an apartment in New York and a farmhouse of charming confusion which is called "Crosswicks."
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Her stories offer insight into the human condition as she tells true tales of her abuse at school, the comfort and stress of inter-generational life, the tediousness of housework and marriage.
And of course, she writes about the writing process and good literature, which she defines as a “vehicle of truth, not a blueprint.” (204)
As in all her memoirs, readers can feel her struggle to reconcile her life with faith, a tenuous Christian faith permeated with doubt and questioning, fleshed out in brilliant storytelling.
The circle of quiet which l’Engle alludes to at the beginning fittingly concludes as a “circle of love” at book’s end. (237)
I found the book consoling and instructive, a spiritual lift, for those who are fans of the award-winning author of A Wrinkle in Time and any of her other famous works.
This book is thoughts taken from her journals. Each chapter is a gem, and the book is best read slowly in order to reflect on the layers of meaning in her writing. I can't give this book a high enough recommendation.
"I would venture a guess that an artist concentrating wholly unself-consciously, wholly thrown into his work, is incapable of producing pornography. All perversion is self-gratification. In true love, the lover's pleasure comes in giving himself wholly to the loved one. When we try to give ourselves to ourselves, that is not only perversion, it is ultimately suicide."