If on a winter’s night, a traveler passes through a wrinkle in time to where the wild things are, can she ever leave?
Posted by Sabrina Garie
Today’s topic is favorite literary classics. I can’t pick just one so I opted for books that I return to again and again because they continue to speak to the parts of me that need to listen and be heard. Like me, the choices are eclectic.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Meg Murray, the heroine, made alienation cool. An outsider in her family and at school, she was my geek heroine before the word geek hit mainstream. Not only did the story itself peak my interest, but for the first time, I felt that I was not alone. I may follow my own drummer, but I needed to know that there was a whole band out there I might be able to join at some point. I still read it when I feel the need to hear that other band playing. I bought my daughter a copy when she was born. I hope it gives her the same sense of belonging if and when she needs it.
If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
When a writer like Calvino, who ripped convention into shreds and pushed the boundaries of creativity, penned a homage to readers, it is a tale like no other. In a feast of changing styles and narrative forms, Calvino memorialized the relationship between writer and reader in a book that had me turning pages, giggling and thinking non-stop. It is the book I have gifted the most to others over the course of my life.
No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre
The play that brought us the line “hell is other people.” I come back to it again and again as a reminder that our own choices and our willingness to change ultimately determines the degree of happiness we allow in our lives. Heavy? Yes, very but life can be.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
So not to end this on a down note, my last selection is a children’s book, that I adore to this day. In few words and elegant drawings, Sendak shined a star on rebellion as a font of creativity, unconditional love as our source of strength and the need of the explorer to have a home to return to. Not to mention the importance of having fun.
What’s a classic to you–a book that makes you cry, smile, scream? Why do certain books deserve immortality while others collect dust in the basement or on the cloud? I love to hear from you.
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Posted on April 2, 2013, in Sabrina Garie and tagged A wrinkle in time, authors, books, Classics, If on a winters night a traveler, Italo Calvino, Jean Paul Sartre, Literature, Madeline L'Engle, Maurice Sendak, No Exit, Sabrina Garie, Where the Wild Things Are, Writers, writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.