The Other Side of the Sun

The Other Side of the Sun

by Madeleine L'Engle


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The Other Side of the Sun 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very insightful interpretation of post civil war life in the south.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Innocence can be a deadly thing. So Stella Renier, nineteen-year-old bride from England, learns when she reaches her new husband's home in South Carolina. It's 1910, and the veterans of the War Between the States are growing old. Yet the conflicts that war failed to resolve - along with some new ones created by its aftermath - simmer just below the surface of the coastal community surrounding the house called Illyria. That house will become the one place Stella regards as home throughout her married life, which is destined to be long. We know this because elderly and recently widowed Stella narrates the story for her adult grandson, during another era of turmoil in the American South. But in 1910, as she comes to Illyria without the husband she's barely had time to wed - sent to his family while Terry Renier sets off on a secret assignment for his employer, the U.S. State Department - it's a fantastic house in an alien country. And her husband's family are, of course, strangers. How can Stella, who grew up at Oxford, understand the basics of keeping herself safe in a place where she's expected to treat the first Negroes she has ever met as if they were members of a different species? How can the girl reared by an agnostic father grasp the conflict between the powerful Christian faith of Honoria, a one-time African princess who takes care of everyone at Illyria, and the dark spirits invoked by the 'Granddam' in the desperately impoverished black hamlets just inland from the beachfront homes of the Reniers? Stella doesn't even know the significance of robed horsemen who ride by night. But her husband's people all know it. And so does the English-educated black physician whose danger she increases with every innocent gesture of friendship. 'The Other Side of the Sun' is a book to read through to the end, and then read again. It has much to say about the nature of faith, of fate, of aging, and of human love. But most of all, it's a well-told and compelling story about characters as real as any I've ever met on the printed page.
wktarin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful setting, beautifully sketched.
mrslibrarianvt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not your typical L'Engle. This is a fiction book with strong roots in the authors family histories depicting racial issues in the south shortly after the Civil War.
KLSimpson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a nice surprise, because I thought I had heard of, though not read, every Madeleine L'Engle book. Stella, the main character, is a typical L'Engle protagonist: smart, emotionally strong, and like-able. What is different about Stella though, is that she was raised an athiest, unlike most of L'Engle's main characters. By the end of the book, her mind has opened a bit, and she's thinking more about the possibility of a Supreme Being.