Doglands fI ve been doing a L Engle reador the last year or so decided to read this standalone in connection with a genre reading challenge February is romance month I previously read this book back when I was in junior highearly high school It was originally published in 1949 which makes it one of her very early novels it appears THIS WAS 3RD AND I PROBABLY READ IT AROUND was 3rd and I probably read it around is uite dated but that doesn t mean it isn t also enjoyable It is set in a Swiss boarding school which was one of the things that Riveted (Iron Seas, fascinated me when I read it as a public school student growing up in Boise Idaho A Swiss boarding school seemed like one of the most exotic interesting things ever and Irankly envied Philippa An Officer and a Spy for what I perceived as a wonderful opportunityThis time around I enjoyed theact that Flip was obviously an introvert and I was interested in how L Engle approached her introversion Being an introvert in a boarding school would be tough it s not a place where solitude is easily accessed Being an introvert myself I Fates (Fates, feltor Flip and understood her hunger to spend time alone and didn t like the way the various characters approached her need Recipe for Temptation (Madewood Brothers, for uiet No one really seemed to understand much less respect theact that a young woman might need to spend time alone to recharge her batteries This rings really true even today Flip didn t always handle herself well but her peers also really didn t understand her and they seemed to expect that she would change to suit their expectations rather than suiting their expectations to her character which was rustratingThe romance is extremely chaste with some mild kissing between Flip and Paul I also grew up skiing which might have been another reason that this book made such an impression on me as a young woman since a ski meet represented a major plot point in the book There is apparently an updated edition of the book which restored some of L Engle s original manuscript which had been cut by her publishers because it either referenced death or was sexually suggestive Set in Europe in 1946 many of the various characters are dealing with the aftermath of WWII and the Jewish genocide More than one character has amily that was murdered in concentration camps It is
Sort Of Astonishing Me of astonishing to me given the time and the subject matter it was considered appropriate to sanitize that topic And having read it I can t actually imagine how the words sexually suggestive could ve been applied to this book All of the adult characters appear to be celibate and Paul and Flip share a couple of kissesI don t think it has worn uite as well as some of L Engle s other work but I still enjoyed it Philippa Hunter apparently makes a cameo appearance in one of the later works A Severed Wasp published in 1983 My experience with this book is not very pleasant I mean it wasn t bad No not at all I suppose it can be compared to when one is reading the back of a Raisin Bran box of cereal while shovelling spoonfuls of them in their mouth it s good OBaby for you but in the end it s no choco puffs The thing is Ieel like I ve been gipped The blurb at the back of this book advertises FORBIDDEN ROMANCE in big bold letters And if you know me you know that s a huge bait Besides it s MADELEINE L ENGLE How could you now want to read this Well I did And I m sorry to say it was a tad disappointingThe writing is very odd I suppose it reflects the era Nerds from whence the novel took place The dialogues are very clinical and some tooormal But aga. Flip doesn't think she'll ever Zack (Areion Fury MC fit in at the Swiss boarding school Besides being homesickor her ather and Connecticut she isn't sophisticated like the other girls and discussions about boys leave her tongue tied Her happiest times are spent apar.
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probably a better reader toofive stars might seema better reader tooFive stars might seem but I do recommend it to just about everybodyI don t mean 19th c didactic stories I mean literature ContamiNation for young people And Both Were Young is good as boarding school stories go and has a sweet uiet romance but I don t think the part of the plot which has to do with Paul s history works very well with the rest of it I mean the wartime amnesia thing isine and interesting but not the mysterious stranger part Anyway I do like the convincing way in which Flip grows Taxi ins Glück from shyness to confidence during the course of the book and of course I pretty much always like boarding school stories What girl doesn tantasize about going to a Swiss boarding school having a dashing artist ather a mysterious and beautiful mentorteacher and a dark brooding orest boy to Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas fall in love with Dammit I love Flip I love Madeleine L Engle I love the idea of boarding schools Switzerland and French boys and girls snowed into a storm of romance adventure and heartbreaking loneliness I ve also only realized that I ve always had a strange attractionor the widowed The Magic Rolling Pin father and only daughter stories This one absolutelyills that nicheI ve reread this book countless times now and each read only makes me happier and sentimental Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, for the gorgeous but grounding tales of Madeleine L Engle Some may say And Both Were Young is not her best butor those readers who can appreciate L Engle s work Not Without a Fight for its simplistic beauty it certainly will prove satisfying and complete I d also like to comment that since I was 12 this book has made me want a winter wedding by candlelight in a chapel in the middle of the woods Justyi in case someone out there shares the same Garden Bouquets and Beyond fantasy Not myavorite L Engle but still worth reading About a teenage girl whose mother has died who gets sent to a Swiss boarding school and her adjustment to her new life her relationships with a new boy her teachers The Unseen Wonder fellow students at the school herather and his girlfriend I love L Engle s The Management Bible flawed but gifted girl characters A lot here that rang true especially how an adolescent girl mighteel when a ather dates after the mother diesImportant to read the reissue with Madeleine L Engle s poignant note about how when she originally published this book writing about death and sex had to be toned down and how with the edition reissuedpublished in the 1980s she was able to make it as she d originally envisioned This was apparently uite daring when it was originally published in the 1940s so much that it had to be bowdlerized But it seems awfully tame to me I read the had to be bowdlerized But it seems awfully tame to me I read the non bowdlerized version and ind myself wondering just what they Sleepless (Bird of Stone, felt they needed to cut out The whole mysterious stranger lurking around subplot seemed pretty truncated to meNevertheless this was a good book It does a good job portraying the claustrophobic almost incestuous boarding school atmosphere I would have HATED it and it s also interesting to see Philippa maturerom a painfully shy sulky and rather whiny girl to a stronger independent and mature person as the months go on And all the topical stuff of the post war period was well integrated into the story This made me want to go to a Swiss boarding school with stick up the ass rules and a bunch of kind of snobby girls. Hen Paul seems a stranger to her And since dating is orbidden except to seniors their romance must remain a secret With so many new eelings and obstacles to overcome in her present can Flip help Paul to confront his troubled past and ind a utur. In that probably had to do with the way people spoke
at the time post World War 1This is the story of a young girl sent to a boarding school in Switzerlandthe time post World War 1This is the story of a young girl sent to a boarding school in Switzerland s Invisible (The Curse of Avalon father being a traveling artist did not want to take Flip around the world with him So Eunice his companion suggested she goes to a boarding school He s also made it a goal in life to searchor all the missing kids displaced during the war What I don t get is why his travels brought him to China when the war was centred in EuropeEunice the woman who wants to replace Flip s mother in her Yummy Supper father s life plays the uintessential evil step mother role very haughty expects too much of Flip and very critical of Flip And I guess the reason why Flip was so against the boarding school to begin withIn the boarding school we see Flip be her awkward self The girls call her Pill instead of Flip and we see her stumble haplessly in every social situation With the help of her Art teacher and her nephew Paul she starts blossoming on her own We see her adapt and accept her lot in life But while I enjoyed seeing her come of age I was still a little confused about how old the kids wereThere was also supposed to be a romance between Paul and Flip but to be honest they were better off as siblings I really wish they didn t packaged this book as having aorbidden romance because of two things one there wasn t any And second it was an awkward romanceWhat I enjoyed about this book was the depicted life on a Swiss boarding school Though Flip had to go through a version of bullying aka hazing at irst in time the girls eventually warmed up To Her I Especially her I especially the shown camaraderie during Christmas time It was gorgeously described It makes me want to stay at home on Christmas and create our own amily traditionOver all I almost Deep Listening feel like it s sacrilege to say I didn t uite enjoy this book I can compare it to someone listening to an aria in a monotone voice Lifeless novel packaged as a romance that didn t exist I think this may have been the last Madeleine L Engle book I reador the irst time as a teenager And or some reason it holds a sort of distinction in my head because of that Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature fact I like most other readers I know who love her books got in on the whole thing with A Wrinkle in Time moving on to the other Murry and O Keefeamily books and then the Austin amily series and so on rom there I must have been somewhere around ten or so when I irst read the Time series and by the time I got through all the others and worked my way around to her standalones I was a Underrated underappreciated I mean it didn t hit my buttons and I
STILL LOVED IT I THINK BECAUSEloved it I think because s original How many stories with a widowed ather don t have him getting married off How many stories of a lonely girl have her Bunnys Book Club Goes to School favorite teacher scolding heror self absorption How many stories of boarding schools are there in which almost all the girls are nice How many stories talk about Lost Children and the lives of the Germans as they rejoin the international community after WWII and adults who are real peopleEven the buttons are special It s boarding school on the continent not in England And our heroine saves the boy The Peculiar Pig from his emotional torment androm a bad guy And the romance has subtle but serious kissing not clumsy curiosity EtcAnd it s beautifully written Unfortunately I was too absorbed to mark it up with book darts but let me tell you that you must at least read the Cherry Ingram first page L Engle knows how to start a boo. Trom the others sketching or wandering in the mountainsBut the day she's out walking alone and meets a French boy Paul things change or Flip As their relationship grows so does her self confidence Despite her newfound happiness there are times