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The Other Side of the Sun

The Other Side of the Sun L Engle at her best this novel features Stella who marries into the aristocratic Renier family and discovers a frightening world of intrigue greed prejudice and superstition Soon drawn into a rag

  • Title: The Other Side of the Sun
  • Author: Madeleine L'Engle
  • ISBN: 9780345306166
  • Page: 411
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • L Engle at her best, this novel features Stella, who marries into the aristocratic Renier family and discovers a frightening world of intrigue, greed, prejudice, and superstition Soon drawn into a raging battle between good and evil, Stella must fight her way through to find the other side of the sun.

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    1. Jessica on said:

      I was a big Madeleine L'Engle fan as a kid, though I favored the time-travel ones over the ordinary-time ones as a rule - I read this book once sometime in junior high or high school, but never re-read it as I did with most of my favorite L'Engles, so revisiting it now, I found I had forgotten all but the most general details.Stella, a British girl of 19, falls in love with and marries an American southerner while he was stationed in England. His job almost immediately sent him onward to a secre [...]

    2. Beth Kutchma on said:

      This is one of my favorite L'Engle books. It has a mystic quality to it that is in the oddest of settings, the south after the civil war. Hard to find, but so worth the time.

    3. Julie on said:

      I awarded 5 stars because, although this book was picked at total random (I was with my 5 year old niece at the library and she pulled it off the shelf and announced I should read that one), I found it hard to put down. The narrator for most of it is a young English woman, newly married and having to live with her husband's family in the South right after the civil war. She isn't racist and doesn't understand why treating blacks as equals will cause problems. Oh, and everyone's crazy and there's [...]

    4. Peggy on said:

      A phenomenal book about faith and southern American history. L'Engle pulls out all the stops in this masterpiece, though I'd never heard of it before I bought it on sale at . It is extremely well plotted and almost unbearably suspenseful. Here's the gist of it: Stella, a nineteen year old newly-wed from England, comes alone to her husband's family estate somewhere near the ocean in the post-Civil War south. Her husband is overseas doing secret diplomatic work in a world hot-spot. She is immediat [...]

    5. Melody on said:

      I love the aunts in this book, and the literary games they play. I wonder how much of my literary character, if you will, was formed by early and frequent exposure to L'Engle. Though if that were true, I'd probably be a Christian as well, or at the very least a theist. This is a strange book, dark and full of allusions, mysterious and circular and disorienting. Like the protagonist, Stella, one is plunged into a complex and layered Southern family with a generous helping of racial tension and co [...]

    6. Anna on said:

      I have to admit that about half-way through, I started skimming. There were so many characters, many with the same names, that I stopped caring who they were.

    7. Linda on said:

      Stella, a young British bride, arrives in South Carolina in 1910 to live with her husband's family while he (Terry) is on a secret assignment. The Renier family has lived in a big rambling house at the beach for many generations. There is a long history of family secrets and animosities, and Stella does not understand the threat of danger that seems to be lurking. 1910 is not too far removed from the Civil War and there is a great deal of racial discord in the area. The family also has some ties [...]

    8. Libby on said:

      I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. The same feeling and emphases that characterize all her books are here (importance of love, trust that good will triumph even in the darkest times, good vs. evil battle that stretches beyond humans). Naivete seems to be both an element in the story and part of the storytelling. At points, I feel like L'Engle sometimes treats the issue of racism with too much naivete (particularly in the idea of Nyssa--a plantation run by a white family, still worked [...]

    9. Melissa on said:

      this is my favorite book. i love it when i read it as a young teenager and i still love it now. it is about a young woman who marries a man but he must leave her with his family in the deep american south while he goes off to his secretive job. he leaves her with his old aunties and the housekeeper, honoria, honoria's husband, clive and another aunt and uncle. and of course, no one is as they seem. and there are darker characters in the shadows vying for the naive woman's attentions. i loved it [...]

    10. Cynthia Hale on said:

      THis book is unlike most of her other works. It is dark and unsettling and amazing all at the same time. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. It was a time and place that I can't really understand- the South after tha Civil War.I wishe dthat I could have changed the ending. But it would have been wrong to have it end any other way.

    11. Michelle on said:

      Fascinating story, wonderful imagery, interesting take on difficult themes. Having read mostly newer books this year, I was particularly interested in this past perspective on life, family roles, Civil War themes, and witchcraft. Glad I found this on Hoopla; decided to read because I'm such a fan of Wrinkle In Time.

    12. Devon on said:

      I'm still not sure how I feel about this one. 3.5ish stars, for the time being. To me, this book was very reminiscent of one of the Polly O'Keefe books (maybe Dragon in The Waters?) with more mature themes/mature themes that are more explicitly stated. I liked this one more than the other, and maybe that's because it felt more adult and as if the stakes were higher. That said, Stella falls into my least favorite pitfall for L'Engle characters--she has few faults, and even less personality. Some [...]

    13. Jennifer Avila on said:

      This book was a bit of a conundrum to me. Having grown up on L'Engle's books I suppose I expected something different. I still got some good writing and intricate descriptions of a post-civil war south. But the titular metaphor was belaboured, the family tree tricky to follow and I found the 'anti-racism' message got caught up in an accidentally ironic amount of primitivist racism. Meh.

    14. Ann Sawchuck on said:

      I enjoyed this book although it was slow to get going probably due to there being so many (mysterious) characters to introduce. The plot is appropriately murky and a little fantastic so that keeps it entertaining. The setting is compelling and caused me to think deeply about the issue of race relations and the ugliness of slavery and the legacy it has left in our country. L'Engle's Christian focus also points out the sinfulness of this past. Although the ending is exciting, I was left with quest [...]

    15. Deborah Smith on said:

      I tend to grab this one when my pain level is up, and I feel the need to gravitate to something familiar. I love the complexity of the characters and their interactions. Stella, a young British woman, has just married into a southern American family in the years after the Civil War. Her new husband is sent off on a diplomatic mission to parts of the world unknown to Stella, and she must brave the strange family dynamic alone. Emotions still run high, and racial problems abound. On top of the new [...]

    16. Michael Fitzgerald on said:

      This was quite different from the other L'Engle books I have read and it doesn't seem to have received a great deal of attention over the years, perhaps because it does not fit in with much of her output. It is a story of the American South in the period following the Civil War and is not a children's book at all. There are still some familiar common elements, such as the emphasis on education and the display of knowledge as entertainment, seen here in the recurring use of a literary quotation g [...]

    17. Leila on said:

      Huh. You know I love Madeleine L'Engle, but did anyone else feel like this book is sorta racist? I mean, it does take place in the post-civil war south, so I guess that's a given. But the people who aren't supposed to be racist are the ones that really come off that way. I also have issues with the end of the book--why is Terry so unsympathetic? Is he supposed to be that way? And what on earth was he doing in Kairogi anyway? So many things are never explained. And why do they sell the house? The [...]

    18. Ruth Ann on said:

      Mysteries abound within this story about the USofA deep South after the Civil War. As expected for the story setting combined with Madeleine L'Engle's style, good/evil, religion, and racism dominate the tale.

    19. Monica on said:

      I loved ML'E as a kid (Wrinkle in Time et al) but this one just did not do it for me. Way too histrionic and cheesy and just too much. A disappointment.

    20. Carol Caldwell on said:

      I have loved reading Madeleine L'Engle's books. This story was a little slow to get into, but once I did, it was hard to put down. She chronicles the story of a house and the family that lived in it. Time period is in the south a good number of years after the Civil War, in an era where race still mattered. The family was quite tight, but in the past and in the present it was transfigured by the addition of a foreigner. Grandfather and son married women from Europe who didn't share the knowledge [...]

    21. Gretchen on said:

      Since I read this book over four years ago, I have been haunted by its mystical reality. A rare book that I want to simultaneously devour and savor as I read.The impact one person can have in a community is underscored when Stella arrives in Illyria (I love all the names in this novel!) to find tensions existing in a delicate balance, which she unwittingly upset. Clashes of cultures, powers, faiths, plans, and personalities rivet the reader to the characters and dramatic events.While the theolog [...]

    22. Janine Wilson on said:

      Well-intentioned and readable, but the plot was not entirely believable. The main character, Stella, who is British, is sent to live with her husband Terry's relatives in the Deep South, while he goes away on secret government business. Stella constantly explains that Terry didn't have time to tell her much about the family because they had such short notice; but it was hard to believe that he left her so much in the dark about family secrets, and the lingering hostility and divisions caused by [...]

    23. Nae on said:

      When I finished this book there was a back page giving the bio for this author and one of the things it said was that it was on a list of 30 of the most banned books in the United States, primarily because of the heavy underlying theme of black magic versus God that runs through it. Writtten about the deep south sometime after the civil war I found it to be a really interesting read, espcially when it comes to the wisdom of the older generation versus the younger, for that alone it is well worth [...]

    24. Brenda Funk on said:

      Madeleine L'Engle is one of my very favourite writerske Frederick Buechner, she has such a beautiful way with words. It feels like poetry in prose. This story is written sometime after the civil war in America, and highlights the plight of the newly freed slaves, who now were indeed free, but also had nothing and were left to fend for themselves as best they might. She does a good job of working out the complexities of the situation, the different sides both blacks and whites found themselves on [...]

    25. Sandy Martin Riffle on said:

      It was difficult not to compare this to the “Wrinkle in Time” books as there were a lot of parallels. As a southerner I truly enjoyed the accuracy of the setting and with all of L’Engle books that I have read i was fascinated with the struggle between good and evil. Some places In the south, these battles of prejudice still exist.I didn’t feel that the characters were stereotypical but they were symbolic of human strengths and weaknesses. I enjoyed getting acquainted with the characters [...]

    26. Cathy Weber on said:

      Powerful, but Offering No SolutionsIf you've read L'Engle other works, this novel will feel familiar. A young woman finds herself in a strange land, among strange people, trying to sort friend from foe. There is much said about faith, God, and the horrors of racism. There are lovely lyrical passages and there are horrific encounters with the evil men create. The book closes without offering any kind of hope for the resolution of racism. Ultimately, this left me feel more heart-sick than all the [...]

    27. carrie on said:

      Not at all what I expected. This is more of a suspenseful, almost gothic novel rather than straight historical fiction. The tone at the beginning made me think of "Rebecca" by Daphne du Maurier. The book is slow-paced but somehow full of tension throughout. I fell in love with the old aunts and their games. This book has reminded me again how talented Madeleine L'Engle was as well as reviving my interest in rereading some of her other adult fiction.

    28. Rebecca Graf on said:

      This is the best book I have read this entire year. It is the kind that effects you long after you have read it. The drama of the story set around the turn of the 20th century in the deep South. I saw so much of today within its words. If you are looking for a book that will have you drawn in deep with drama and mystery yet will still be with you long after the last word you read of it, this is the one. I highly suggest you read this wonderful book.

    29. Andrea on said:

      I've loved Madeleine L'Engle since I was a kid and discovered A Wrinkle in Time. I just couldn't get in to this book, the story, most of the characters, or the religious themes. This book took me just over 2 weeks to read when it wasn't that long and I generally read a book a week. Sad to have not loved it, but not every book gets to be a favorite!

    30. Willow77comcast.Net on said:

      Day At The BeachGreat characters, love Aunt Olivia, wonderful atmosphere, L'Engle most certainly spent time in her setting, not missing a beat in her descriptions of the natural world surrounding Ilyria. If you like a bit of intrigue, mystery and southern charm, this is the story for you.

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