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#1173466 in Books Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 2012-06-05 2012-06-05Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.00 x .65 x 5.00l, .55 #File Name: 1250004829288 pages | File size: 30.Mb Madeleine L'Engle : The Joys of Love before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised The Joys of Love: 0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. very flowery dramatic language and characters - understand it is ...By latitudes09very flowery dramatic language and characters - understand it is set in a theatre troupe environment, so the writing style may be deliberate. But it was harder to get through than L'Engle's other books.1 of 2 people found the following review helpful. old but trueBy Patricia R. AndersenThe story takes place in 1946, over 4 days in the life of Elizabeth Jerrold while she is working summer stock. Elizabeth is a recent college graduate who knows she wants


to devote her life to the theater. She loves the theater and the people she has met there, especially Kurt Canitz, an older director. Life seems perfect and the summer unending.Than Aunt Harriet calls and states that she will not pay Elizabeth's tuition to stay at the summer stock anymore. Elizabeth must scramble to find a way to squeak out one more week of summer stock so she can see her favorite actress, Valborg Andersen, perform. And what about Kurt?M's L'Engle's story is dated, as some of the other critics have said. But it's still well written and a good read. It was fun to learn about what goes on in summer stock - the various classes, the practices and the people. I really enjoyed this book even though it's not of the same caliber as the "Wrinkle in Time" quartet. I recommend this book highly for all who are interested in seeing how summer stock works as well as those who want a good read.0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. Sweet and sentimentalBy EllieNot the typical Madeleine L'Engle book. Sweet and sentimental. During the summer of 1946, twenty-year-old Elizabeth is doing what she has dreamed of since she was a little girl: working in the theatre. Elizabeth is passionate about her work and determined to learn all she can at the summer theatre company on the sea where she is an apprentice actress. She's never felt so alive. And soon she finds another passion: Kurt Canitz, the dashing young director of the company, and the first man Elizabeth's ever kissed who has really meant something to her. Then Elizabeth's perfect summer is profoundly shaken when Kurt turns out not to be the kind of man she thought he was.Moving and romantic, this coming-of-age story was written during the 1940s. As revealed in an introduction by the author's granddaughter Lna Roy, the protagonist Elizabeth is close to an autobiographical portrait of L'Engle herself as a young woman"vibrant, vulnerable, and yearning for love and all that life has to offer." From Publishers WeeklyWritten in the late '40s but not taken on by L'Engle's agent, this posthumously published novel is more artifact than timeless story. As such, it will primarily interest readers who want to know more about the author of the groundbreaking A Wrinkle in Time, especially because an introduction by L'Engle's granddaughter Lna Roy identifies it as semiautobiographical. Elizabeth, like L'Engle a graduate of Smith College, has convinced her controlling guardian aunt to let her take a scholarship apprenticeship at a summer theater, even though her aunt vigorously opposes Elizabeth's lifelong passion for the stage. Set over a long weekend, the action revolves around Elizabeth's infatuation with a womanizing director from the city and her subsequent disillusionment; luckily a decent fellow is around to pledge his love to her. Even with a veil thrown over the characters' sex lives, L'Engle suggests the intimacy, good and bad, within a theater company, and her dialogue pungently evokes the period. The tidiness of the resolutions betrays the inexperience of the writerwhich, paradoxically, may endear this work to L'Engle fans. And although the conflicts are dated, the heroine's yearnings often transcend the '40s setting. Ages 12up. (June) Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From School Library JournalGrade 10 UpJust after college graduation, Elizabeth joins a summer theater troupe where she finds elusive love with Kurt, a pompous director, and deep friendship with her lanky, goofy colleague Ben. L'Engle revisits her own theater experiences at the beach in the 1940s, making this novel's salty breezes, musty shared quarters, and boardwalk burgers vivid. Beautifully unadorned language and fluid dialogue recall a bygone era that might feel foreign to modern teens. Even dated colloquialisms and social mores, however, cannot diminish L'Engle's magnificent rendering of a smart girl's guileless romantic missteps. Teens will cringe as Elizabeth swoons over Kurt and ignores the clear chemistry that she shares with Ben. They will quickly forgive her, as the young woman's unwavering sense of self, her heady belief in acting, and grounded acceptance of life's inequities make her a powerful, appealing character. The wonderfully simple, economic prose allows Elizabeth's revelations to shine with glimmering clarity, like moonlight on the ocean.Shelley Huntington, New York Public Library Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From BooklistElizabeth spends a postcollege apprenticeship in a summer theater company where she forms rich friendships and falls in love.When an unfortunate series of events threatens to ruin her perfect summer,Elizabeth faces herchallenges anddiscovers the joys of love. The authors granddaughter, Lena Roy, reads the foreword andis featured in a concluding interview. Reed tells the story easily and naturally, mainly differentiating characters through changes in tone and pace. These slight changes are enough, and listeners can easily identify different speakers. Reeds slight Swedish accent to represent onecharacter isconsistent and natural.The story begins and ends with soft piano music.For LEngle devotees who wont mind the less-than-contemporary feel of this novel, written more than 60 years ago. Grades 7-10. --Anna Rich

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