The idle ramblings of a Jack of some trades, Master of none

Dec 16, 2010

IT Will Get You

In Madeleine L'Engle's acclaimed children's fantasy A Wrinkle in Time, Meg and Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin arrive at some weird-ass planet where they are captured by IT. It's all very filled with religious mumbo-jumbo of the sort that makes my skin crawl, but saner minds appear to like it, so who am I to cavil? Anyway, IT's minions provide the trio with some grub:
The table was set up in front of them, and the dark-smocked men heaped their plates with turkey and dressing and mashed potatoes and gravy and little green peas with big yellow blobs of butter melting in them and cranberries and sweet potatoes topped with gooey browned marsh-mallows and olives and celery and rosebud radishes and -
Except, sadly, it all tasted like sand.


Anonymous said...

This is a book I seem to have missed when I was growing up. Reading it as an adult probably wouldn't be the same. But I'm still tempted to try it.

Space Bar said...

hmm. bogus science, is it? i remember liking it very much. got it (and the wind in the door) for the kid a while ago but he hasn't touched it.

Fëanor said...

cb: go for it and pls let me know what you think of it.

sb: there's not much science, except for that tesseracting business. i don't expect accuracy in science fiction, really. but there was a religious thing about heroes from every world fighting IT (like buddha and mozart, for crying out loud). didn't much appeal to me, that. (oh no! i'm becoming a fundamentalist atheist!)

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