A Wrinkle in Time

It was a dark and stormy night.

This was a cooler experience than expected. I expected a children’s book from another age, not a mix of Abarat, Narnia and love of science. There’s discussions of religion, space travel and personal development.

And it all starts with a missing father and strange creatures asking Meg, her weird brother, and a popular boy for help. All three of them are essential – for different reasons – in the fight against the scary dark. It’s all very visual and vibrant, and I’m quite curious about how and how much it will be shown in the movie that’s made based on it.

It’s a children’s book like one of those that are mentioned in fiction, and reading it as an ebook somehow felt like I was missing part of the experience. Yes, there are some questions raised, but they are the kind you accept as unanswered because they don’t sabotage the story and/or we know an answer might follow (there’s a lot more books in the series).

I read this for a Book club, and I didn’t even feel like it was a waste of time. Which sounds like little, but means that I feel like it added to my Books Read, instead of subtracted.

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle, Farrar Straus Giroux 1962

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One of Us

She ran.

Murw ben je, na het lezen van dit boek. Het is makkelijk vergeten dat de zevenenzeventig mensen die op 22 juli in 2011 vermoord werden door Anders Breivik mensen met connecties, familie, toekomstplannen waren. De invalshoek was tenslotte Breivik. Met One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway is het een koude douche van realisatie: personen zijn vermoord door deze zieke geest die “een executie” noodzakelijk vond. Non-fiction op zijn naarst.

Waarom lees je het dan? Omdat sommige informatie nu eenmaal gedeeld moet worden, hoe ongemakkelijk het ook is. Omdat het afschrijven als iets eenmaligs, iets monsterlijks, een herhaling niet zal voorkomen. En  – in dit geval – als memorial, dat deze datum niet die van Breivik wordt, maar van de onschuldigen.

Seierstad geeft in haar boek ruimte aan hen, mogelijk als tegenwicht om juist niet Breivik’s pamflet te worden. Het is veel en heftig, maar dit boek is niet alleen voor 22 juli, het is voor alle onderdelen die die situatie maakten.

One of Us: The Story of Anders Breivik and the Massacre in Norway, Asne Seierstad,
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2013

Friendship

The temp agency’s application was only four pages long, but somehow Bev hadn’t managed to fill it out.

Another one of my To Read List. Expect a lot of those in the upcoming months. I worry a little bit that it might clash with my resolution of reading less, but better books, because some have been on that list for a long time, some I don’t even understand adding to that list (and will be viewed with less priority).

The title is Friendship and about friendship it is. Was Life Partners about an equal relationship that went off,Friendship starts off as wobbly and moves to worse. Even with the explanation about how the two met and found each other, it’s unclear why they stuck together. Some big life changes only show that friendships can’t survive some things.

It isn’t easy to care though. Bev and Amy are both understandable, but the way to relate to either of them is mostly recognizing them as the people you don’t want in your lives. That turns the novel into a piece of schadenfreude: at least I’m not that awful at life, friendship and relationships.

Friendship, Emily Gould, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014