LEngle, Genesis Trilogy

Book Review: The Genesis Trilogy by Madeleine L’Engle

The Genesis Trilogy: And It Was Good, A Stone for a Pillow, Sold into Egypt by Madeleine L’Engle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has taken me a long time to read this because weighing in at close to 600 pages, reading a page or two per night doesn’t move things along quickly; and it makes it easier to forget.

There are absolutely places that I disagree with L’Engle. Our fundamental theology is from different parts of the spectrum. Her reading of Genesis at times just doesn’t match how I read the selections. That said, I do enjoy reading from her perspective sometimes exactly because of how she reads and interprets it. She is a storyteller and a poet and reads Genesis as a storyteller and a poet. And, boy, can she write.

Because this is three books in one, it might have behooved me to write a little review after each book, but, alas, I did not. I probably enjoyed the first book, And It Was Good, the most. I wanted some resolution to the story of the friend who made accusations that Madeleine told her story in the second book. Sold Into Egypt was my least favorite; I couldn’t quite figure out the structure with the 12 brothers, most of whom we have little information about. I also found it the most redundant – Dinah, Joseph and Asenath’s relationship, etc.

I always have a L’Engle going, but I’m not sad to have finished this one. Many great ideas, some confusing ones, ready to move on.

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