Read this as a piece of history -- not so much for the maternal advice about balancing a writing life and family--but for a glimpse into what made the woman find her voice in children's literature. She is not as revealing as other memoirists, keeping a distance between the reader and her inner life. Still, if you enjoyed her fiction, it is worth reading.
I'm not quite sure how a set of excerpts from a writer's journal can make up a lyrical book, but Madeleine L'Engle manages to do so with A CIRCLE OF QUIET. Well worth reading just for the writing style, not counting the content. You'll probably want to start it again once you've finished it.
By the author of A WRINKLE IN TIME, MEET THE AUSTENS, and A SWIFTLY TILTING PLANET for young people as well as many adult books.
p.s. The YA books make great reading for adults, too.
I loved this book; when I picked it up, I felt like I was entering another world, one of peace and quiet and honesty. The author, who is most known for her children's science fiction writing, here writes for adults. If one has ever wondered what genius is behind the "Wrinkle in Time" series, reading this is much like having a conversation or a peek into her personal journal.
I highly recommend this book.
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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." Quote by Jean Kerr.
Nice comfortable book to read with a hot cup of tea. Madeleine always writes charming books with inspiration. In this particular book she tells a lot about herself as a professional women, wife mother and grandmother.
Reflection about life is an important part of enjoying it. I found this author's words to be peaceful, relaxing, and, in many ways uplifting. It's comforting to discover that others enjoy spending time just relaxing and thinking about life, too. I really liked A Circle of Quiet.