Wednesday, October 10, 2007

And Both Were Young (Book #100)

And Both Were Young (Madeleine L'Engle, 1983) is one of L'Engle's lesser-known books, an early work revised in 1983, according to the author's note, to put back some grittier elements that were taken out at her editor's request in days when YA fiction avoided certain harsh realities. It's a YA romance/coming-of-age story set in a Swiss boarding school in the late 1940's, with an American heroine grieving a dead mother and afraid her father will remarry a woman she despises. I haven't read many stories set in postwar Europe, and it's interesting to see how some of the aftermath of WWII plays out in the lives of the students at a multinational school.

1 comment:

Andrew Rogers said...

I think the value of this book is that it was written so soon after WWII (originally 1949). Philippa and the other characters are all in marked by the war in different ways. How they handle that, and how L'Engle worked this element into the story (I believe) sets it apart from her other works.