Author: Madeline L'Engle
Genres: children's literature
Length: 256 pages
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"It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. "Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract". Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?"
Hey guys! I'm happy to be here today at the computer writing up this review of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.
I don't know how, but this sweet lil book slipped right on by me totally unnoticed during my younger years. Once Disney began releasing trailers for the upcoming movie, I was ready to jump on the bandwagon and finally read the book!
In a nutshell, I would say that A Wrinkle in Time is a book for readers of any age. It is short, the subject is entirely fascinating, and it is as relevant today as it was in 1962.
A Wrinkle in Time has won several awards including:
The Newbery Medal (1963)
Oklahoma Sequoya Award (1965)
That being said, I read this book spread over two weekends (I know! I said it was short but I didn't get to read much this month!) and while it was entertaining it was also weird. Like, I love weird books. But this one is a weird weird.
My biggest pet peeve is that the writing style is so obtrusive. Have you read it? What did you think about L'Engle's super excessive use of italics to place incredible emphasis on certain words?
It was a bit much for me. Honestly, the writing was even a tad bit distracting. Other than that, it was enjoyable. Meg is a strong girl, but not without her faults. Charles Wallace is so interesting that I want to snatch him up and take him home to pick his brain for an afternoon while he makes me a sandwich (strange thing to say, I realize... Read the book!).
Once I got over my issues with the book, it was entertaining at best. I would say that I wouldn't read it again, though. Perhaps the movie will sway me more but for now, my rating is three out of five stars.
I am REALLY more excited for the film (starring so many great actresses) which releases on March 9th. Check out the trailer here.
Did you read A Wrinkle in Time when you were younger? If so, have you reread it as an adult? How did it change for you?