Welcome to the Wrinkle in Time Blog Tour!
This week will be focused on the characters and today we start with Happy Medium. Ever since I’ve been asked to be on this tour I was intriguied by this book. I haven’t read it and never heard of it before, but guys I’m from Germany and we read different books when we are kids. Nevertheless I was fascinated by a book that even after 50 years is able to generate such a hype. So, when I’ve been asked about which character I’d love to write I chose the Happy Medium. Why? Because everyone needs happiness and I thought I start the year happy. So I was eager to find out more about Happy Medium.
She’s a woman with a crystal ball.. Well yes that tells us much right? So, this is what Wiki tells us about Happy Medium:
The Happy Medium lives in a cavern on a planet in Orion’s Belt. Human in appearance, she is described as wearing a satin gown and a silk turban, and uses a crystal ball to look at distant places and people. Her title comes from the character’s jolly temperament, and her preference for looking at happy things. She helps Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace see The Black Thing through the crystal ball and understand what they are fighting against. She is introduced in chapter five. (The name “Happy Medium” is a pun alluding to the common expression for reaching an acceptable compromise: “to find a happy medium.”) – Source: Wiki
So she’s a woman who loves to see the happy things in life instead of focusing on the unpleasant ones… However, I found a very nice article on shmoop.com:
And she is indeed happy, though it seems she gets to be that way through pretending unhappy things don’t exist: as she says to Mrs. Whatsit, “Oh, why must you make me look at unpleasant things when there are so many delightful ones to see?” (5.84). Her cheerfulness is not that of a person who looks at the world straight-on and still finds cause to be optimistic, but of some who maintains a positive mood by sticking her fingers in her ears and singing “la la la” when anything upsetting comes up – Source – shmoop.com
Oh it’s good to see the happy things and it’s important to sometimes focus on them instead of letting the bad things and overload you. However, if this turns into ignorance … But, who doesn’t love a cheery optimistic person?
Now please, to all of you who already read Wrinkle of Time, what can you tell me about Happy Medium, what do you remember??? And to those like me who haven’t read it yet, are you intrigued like me, now? It seems like this is a fantastic piece of literature and I followed the Blog Tour and read some amazing posts. A Wrinkle In Time sounds like a must read for me and a book I would read to my kids (if I’d have any…)
Please check this amazing special edition:
• Frontispiece photo*†
• Photo scrapbook with approximately 10 photos*†
• Manuscript pages*†
• Letter from 1963 Caldecott winner, Ezra Jack Keats*†
• New introduction by Katherine Paterson, US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature †
• New afterword by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Voiklis including six never-before-seen photos †
• Murry-O’Keefe family tree with new artwork †
• Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery acceptance speech
* Unique to this edition † never previously published[/box]
About Madeleine L’Engle
Madeleine L’Englewas an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regeneration in The Arm of the Starfish, and so forth.
About Wrinkle in Time:
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract“.
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusal book.
Please don’t forget to answer my question, ’cause I’m super curious!
Now please, to all of you who already read Wrinkle of Time, what can you tell me about Happy Medium, what do you remember??? And to those like me who haven’t read it yet, are you intrigued like me, now?