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[[ Read E-pub ]] ë The Moon by Night ⚫ Vicky Austin is filled with uncertainties about everything Her parents call it Vicky s difficult year But fourteen year old Vicky is not so consumed with her problems that she can t enjoy the exciting adventures of her family s summer cross country camping tripIn the course of their travels Vicky meets Zachary, an intriguing but troubled boy who latches on to Vicky And still another boy, Andy, altogether different from Zachary, soon becomes his rivalFar from the comfort and security that the family has always known, and in spite of the trials they encounter on the road, the Austins enjoy each other and the sights from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back again And for the first time Vicky feels the mixed emotions of friendship and love There s really no better way to pass a quiet Sunday afternoon in the hammock or fireside couch than with a L Engle story The moon by night was charming, delightful, enjoyable but not dull from lack of heart stopping action It was even kind of eerie and uncanny to experience Vicky s 14yr old view of the American cross country vacation I regret that I tried so hard to be a muffin at that age read the book, you ll understand that I overlooked what was right before my eyes This is the grace There s really no better way to pass a quiet Sunday afternoon in the hammock or fireside couch than with a L Engle story The moon by night was charming, delightful, enjoyable but not dull from lack of heart stopping action It was even kind of eerie and uncanny to experience Vicky s 14yr old view of the American cross country vacation I regret that I tried so hard to be a muffin at that age read the book, you ll understand that I overlooked what was right before my eyes This is the grace that L Engle s writing provides she assumes that her readers are intelligent, caring people of all ages Her books are living water in a dry and dusty land I vaguely remember the first time I read Madeleine L Engle s The Moon by Night in 1981 that while I really enjoyed reading about the Austins across much of the continental USA and a tiny bit of Western Canada summer camping road trip, I also rather continuously felt as though I was missing quite a lot of important and seemingly necessary prior Austin Family knowledge and details but indeed, I also did not at all realise that The Moon by Night was in fact not a stand alone novel until I read I vaguely remember the first time I read Madeleine L Engle s The Moon by Night in 1981 that while I really enjoyed reading about the Austins across much of the continental USA and a tiny bit of Western Canada summer camping road trip, I also rather continuously felt as though I was missing quite a lot of important and seemingly necessary prior Austin Family knowledge and details but indeed, I also did not at all realise that The Moon by Night was in fact not a stand alone novel until I read and totally loved the first book of the series, until I had the chance to read Meet the Austins in 2016 So this time reading The Moon by Night, I actually and once again and just like in 1981 have gleaned most of my reading pleasure and joy from Madeleine L Engle s through first person narrator Vicky Austin s depictions and descriptions of the family s camping trip both driving to the specific and chosen camp sites and then what happens after the Austins have set up their tents , a bit like a presented USA geography lesson as well as the discussed differences between Canada and the United States when the Austins are camping in Alberta , but without the usual tedium and general dryness of in class teaching and learning except that during the course of The Moon by Night oldest brother John Austin does tend to often feelthan a bit preachy and full of himself and his supposed font of knowledge, sometimes even to the point of him appearing annoyingly like the typical and frustrating Smart Alec type, always pontificating, always or at least far too often willfully bragging and showing off to both his parents and in particular to his younger sisters Vicky and Suzy, but not as much with youngest brother Rob And yes, even though in The Moon by Night Vicky Austin s constant with heavy teenaged angst imbued musings and worries do start to wear a bit thin and to become something I really would rather wish to avoid or to at least just skim over whilst reading , and that I personally do tend to find especially potential love interest Zachary majorly problematic and later on during the trip new possible love interest Andy as just a bit too good and too perfect to be true, it is in fact John s constant put downs of Zachary and his relentless condescension of and generally pretty intense nastiness towards Vicky and lack sympathy for his sister that I have definitely found the most personally annoying and infuriating part of The Moon by Night and actually considerablyso than Zachary s behaviour and antics, even though I do full well know and realize he is indeed pretty bad news and not AT ALL someone positive Therefore, albeit that I have definitely found The Moon by Night a generally very much enjoyable reading experience and one that I certainly feel is full full full of interesting bits and pieces of geography, of cultural and political considerations, and indeed also because many of them are so delightfully and datedly 1960s , that Madeleine L Engle focusses in my opinion bit too much and too intensely on Vicky Austin s growing pains and onset of puberty issues and that brother John Austin is too often simply arrogant and full of himself and always seemingly on Vicky s case so to speak especially with regard to romance and her acquaintance with Zachary , yes, this has certainly made The Moon by Night at times a bit tedious and frustrating to read and as such not yet a four star but only a high three star rating for The Moon by Night 2015 The narrator drove me mad She was SO DRAMATIC and her Zachary was just over the top The rest of my review stands 2011 Let me say first that it s a wonderful book The characters are people you care about, and get very involved with The plot is fun The writing is excellent However, I think it is dated, no matter what Wendy says to the contrary The attitudes of the menfolk, first of all Daddy makes all the calls, takes the women and children out of danger, and dictates what his wife 2015 The narrator drove me mad She was SO DRAMATIC and her Zachary was just over the top The rest of my review stands 2011 Let me say first that it s a wonderful book The characters are people you care about, and get very involved with The plot is fun The writing is excellent However, I think it is dated, no matter what Wendy says to the contrary The attitudes of the menfolk, first of all Daddy makes all the calls, takes the women and children out of danger, and dictates what his wife may not wear pants, natch John, the priggish elder brother, follows Daddy s lead here The overarching worry about nuclear war with the Soviets dates it The wondering if humans will ever fly to the moon dates it The painful slang including hoods and beatniks Even the logging trucks with one log per load make it read as dated And who calls their father Daddy un ironically when they are 14 Or like John, 17 Why do I find this particular book dated in a fashion I don t notice with, say, the Betsy Tacy books Probably because it feels like L Engle is attempting to comfort the people who were genuinely Vicky s age when this book came out There s an undercurrent of very pointed reassurance that seems to be grounded in time, and I think that s what makes parts of this book a little stale I think that had I been reading this as a young teen in 1963 I would have clung to it like grim death I read it as a young teen in the mid 70 s and thought the slang very silly at the time But it didn t stop me loving the book.In addition to the things I m complaining about, there s a timeless story here too, wherein a young girl tries to make sense out of the senseless, to grasp the meaning, if any, of her life at the same time she s beginning to pull away from her family of origin and find her own path Here is the place in which L Engle shines like the sun Her essential, unshakable conviction that there IS a reason for everything, that there IS a hand at the wheel, and that the driving force of that hand is the power of love, infuses every word And makes all my bitching about beatniks sound as small as it is.It s a wonderful book I love that it s anchored at both ends with Grandfather I ll always love Grandfather for giving me Henry Vaughan, but as Kipling said, that is another story I kind of miss the feeling of domestic peacefulness and wholesomeness that I got reading the first book though as everyone and their brother seem to say , comparison is odious but I guess it goes with having the Austins travel across the country than living in a house in the country, with the good old fashioned ways that this brings with it, and also Vicky, the member of the Austin family who narrates the whole series, growing up, with the the questions and difference in perspective and the I kind of miss the feeling of domestic peacefulness and wholesomeness that I got reading the first book though as everyone and their brother seem to say , comparison is odious but I guess it goes with having the Austins travel across the country than living in a house in the country, with the good old fashioned ways that this brings with it, and also Vicky, the member of the Austin family who narrates the whole series, growing up, with the the questions and difference in perspective and the new acquaintances that growing up brings with it So it s understandable why everyone seems to change, why there are maybearguments,conflicting feelings,doubts and insecurities The narrative is mostly about Vicky s making sense of what she sees and experiences, of the beauty and quirkiness and not so pleasant aspects of the different states from her country, trying to see the world through a new acquaintance, Zachary Grey s eyes who is by the way a recurring character throughout the Chronos and the Kairos series and not so likable as I had hoped , trying to adjust her own feelings and worldview to what others think about the world Thus, with a hovering feeling of imminent war, riots and strikes brewing all over the planet, of doubt and uncertainty, of questioning God s love and mercy, the book surely does not lack serious and grave subjects as neither did the first book in the series, though the love and comftyness that used to hover over Thornhill life their previous peaceful, country life you and certainly Vicky could say is absent, and Vicky makes herself believe that the family no longer offers her that assurance and understanding especially John s his isprominent and vociferous and the parents obvious distrust and dislike as in the case of the former of Zachary is a good enough reason for that feeling even that her family were holding her back from growing up and being herself her words, which reminded me much of my own process of growing up and finding myself out, though writing and reading and most certainly God s love and mercy did help a lot Living in Thornhill offered security but meeting the world at large surely has the effect of scaring her stiff, her small perfect world no longer seeming to offer her the so much needed immunity to the evil in the world Greater understanding does not promise you greater security and that s a fact and Vicky starts to see it that way, though at times her journey into understanding is rather annoying, reading the thoughts of a 14, almost 15 year old kid, when you are twice her age, having gone through the roughly the same experiences and uncertainties, but at least I can understand her, so that s okay.But hey This is not a book filled with just teen angst though there is plenty of it there is also beauty the natural world certainly never lacked beauty and wonder , and animals and funny people and seriously hilarious episodes.There were times however when Zachary s mood was dragging me into a dark, deep hole , and I was thankful I was surrounded by the sweet sound of an the radio chimming away about goodness, peace and trust, and I was safe, wanting to be part of light and joy again as Vicky put it which episode reminded me so much of a Wrinkle in time and A swiftly tilting planet be part of the joy so that the Echtroi have no power, her cry of Life s worth living for Just being alive I love it I love every minute of it certainly being her own way of whistling in the dark.And then comes chapter 14 which is so wonderful, so full of truth and beauty, and excellent metaphors, and I love Uncle Douglas and his heathen don t let the word fool you wisdom as he put it, and I love Madeleine L Engle for writing it and dispelling any trace of doubt that God is indeed, oh indeed merciful and He is love, love that has no equal, and His ways majestically wonderful, too wonderful for our pride and limited nature to comprehend It s weird to say that I really needed this comforting chapter while reading a kid s book after all, maybe young adult, but there is the prevailing dark mood of Zachary that sort of dispels an otherwise a pleasant and comfortable mood.Zachary, well, let s just say he is so disliked by everyone that no wonder he is so grey, and glum and altogether weird Kidding He is just the byproduct of the attrocities of his time, a time of doubt, and war and uncertainties, living with a family who give him no guidance, no warmth, no real sense of the good, wholesome and just in the world, having no uncles Douglas to understand him and tell him that life isn t just what he sees, what he hears, but oh, so muchI get the hostility towards him, but he s just a kid wandering the world with no sense of real purpose, real and good and strong, no assurance that there isto our life than death, disease, hatred and war, that our home is not here, on earth, that love transcends and makes well that which was thwarted.And after chapter 14 comes chapter 18, I think, which turns the whole story upside down but in a good way and it feels good for a change There is a normal kid who actually enjoys life, whose life philosophy is sound, and who gives Vicky another perspective to life, so much different than the one she began to abhor, that of Zachary And Zachary changes, which is grand, and all in all, the book ends much better than the way it started, muchhopeful and that growing up is hard and perhaps a never ending process, but nothing which is worth having comes easy, and a worthwhile life is worth having, even if it starts slow and hard and is apparently senseless and purposeless.I really am surprised at my liking this book and willingness to finish it Super