Pythagorean Music


No. Not a post about Just Intonation... directly that is. It seems to have only taken four days to read L'Engle's award winning book, A Wrinkle in Time. In Madeleine L'Engle I find all the poetic beyondness, salvific liberty, and heart-piercing youthfulness of C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald. I think of her a bit like the third generation (that would be a 5/4 ratio in Just Intonation, by the way) of writers able to write in this authentic, piercing, simple, Christian way. MacDonald transforms the Fairy Tale, Lewis Greek mythology. L'Engle for me releases Christ's love into the realm of science. It sort of dispells the tension that's been building since Dawin and empiricism and the annoying things Dr. Brennan says on the TV show Bones. It draws me back to the science and art of the Greek Quadrivium, the Music of the Spheres, powered by love, loved by God, humbling.
Her characters are amazing too. Charles Wallace is a perky little Diamond who seems to always have his stubby hands on his hips, tapping his little toes at injustice. I love Misses Whatsit, Who, and Which; throw in a little Three Fates, Three Witches, some Wizard-attempting-to-wear-Muggle-clothing-and-failing, beauty and majesty of The Great Divorce ending, and Dawn Treader's Ramandu and you're getting pretty close to how wonderfully deep and challenging these characters are.

Mrs. Who and her incessant quoting was a blast, though I have no idea how Portuguese is pronounced. I think I may have made Mrs. Which sound a bit like Jim Dale's impression of Voldemort, but Jess didn't say anything. Did anyone catch that little reference to Abbott's Flatland? Very cool.
We went up Perry Street and found the South Hill Library and soon we'll get our hands on that second book. Until then, happy tessering!

PS Sam Kallis has done a few very wonderful sketches of many of the characters and scenes from the first book. Check her out at her site: See Sam Sketch

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