- File Size: 560 KB
- Print Length: 228 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 1, 2010)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2010
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004OA64H0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Given the groundbreaking nature of the story, it’s wonder the book was even published: a female protagonist, the concept of evil which wasn’t kid’s book fodder in 1962, and so much science talk, that there was no precedent for any of it. Would we have Dr. Who (first aired in November 1963) or Star Trek (first aired in 1966) without A Wrinkle in Time? Is it possible that L’Engle’s little book kickstarted the sci-fi craze that the modern-day public clings to like a free climber in Acadia National Park?
We earthlings need to stretch our imaginations beyond this little blue orb and our activities of daily living in order to experience fulfilling lives. Music, art, philosophy and books, books, books help us answer the darn eternal questions that plague us such as who am I? and where the heck am I going? L’Engle planted the sci-fi seed in a generation of kids who grew up to be Star Wars fans and believe in the power of possibility. No small feat there. Yeah, Madeleine. You go, girl. While Scientists have yet to figure out the time travel thing, you can bet that books like A Wrinkle in Time sparked the imagination like no physics class ever could.
L’Engle’s main character, Meg Murray, is a feisty firebrand of a girl who knows her way around a mathematical equation, but shrinks from the more traditional subjects that girls generally excel in. Meg’s brother, Charles Wallace, is a big genius hidden in the body of a small boy. When Meg’s dad goes missing while on a secret, scientific assignment for the government, Meg is distraught while Charles Wallace is busy gaining assistance from his secret contacts. When Mr. Murray doesn’t come back for almost a year, neighbors, teachers and friends all assume Meg’s dad ran off with another woman. Only Meg’s mom believes her husband is in danger; she works diligently in her lab — she’s a scientist, too — devising a way to bring him back.
Meg loves her father and knows that the man who taught her so much about math and science would never willingly leave his family so she and Charles Wallace and their friend, Calvin set off with Charles Wallace’s friends — Mrs Whatsit, who drapes herself in layers of colorful clothes and is the primary intermediary for the kids, Mrs Who, who speaks in only quotations, and Mrs Which, the wisest of the three and usually appearing as a shimmering light because 3-D is just too darn dense — on a quest to find Mr. Murray and bring him back. Meg and company travel the galaxy, encountering many bizarre creatures, including the inimitable Aunt Beast, all of whom assist the young travelers on their journey.
Thanks to the assistance of Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which, the crew finds Mr. Murray on the planet Chazmatazz, a dark foreboding place where independent thought is prohibited, where they are introduced to the Tesseract, a fifth-dimensional machine that allows you to jump through time, hence the wrinkle. The Tesseract is one amazing scientific advancement that the kids would love to learn more about, but with Meg’s dad being held in a bar-less prison, and Charles Wallace’s mind being taken over by It, there’s so little time to learn about all of the ramifications of time travel before they have to jump time again to make things right.
A Wrinkle in Time has all the best components of a sci-fi novel — other worlds, a special relationship rooted in earth, making it impossible to leave for good; crazy characters who, although foreign to us, endear us with their actions; a lovable, flawed protagonist possessed of true grit, heart, and purpose, and at her core, a mind for science and math — which, despite what the current elected officials of the American political system have to say, is the reason modern man has effloresced and is still thriving today in the 21st century. (Recall that the ruling elite of the 17th century imprisoned Galileo Galilei, the father of physics and modern astronomy and arguably one of the greatest thinkers of all time for being too science-y and, hence, heretical. Plus it has one of the best (read: corny) opening lines of any mystery novel although the Washington Post Style Invitational attributes it firstly to English author Paul Clifford, circa 1830. And of course, we can’t forget Snoopy. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei) Just sayin’.
Want to get down with your hidden science side? Want to read a YA novel with big adult themes? Then read A Wrinkle in Time to see how it all got started and rekindle your childhood belief in worlds of possibility.
In my late twenties, I re-read this novel as a book club event and was amazed by all the women who also related and offered comments on how this book directly touched their lives. In significant fashion. Later into my thirties, another group still discussed this novel, espousing the wisdom found within these pages. We all agreed A Wrinkle in Time to be a "Must read" for all teen girls and even boys. It likely won't resonate with men like it does women, but it's one of the most relatable books for females I've ever read.
I strongly recommend this book to women of all ages, and like me, believe teens will pull this out in a decade to read again. And pass to their children and grandchildren. I still own a tattered print copy as it was my saving grace when turmoil took over my life.
There are more novels by Ms. L'Engle, but A Wrinkle in Time will forever remain my favorite - and it's the foremost book I will be suggesting to my granddaughters when they are coming into their teens. Please do not interpret this as an adolescent read, for it is not. This is simply one of the best coming of age novels ever written for women, and I hope you will take time to read it as it will forever change you and most likely become a "go-to referral" when things in your life get a bit overwhelming
So worth the money - no matter your age!!!
It's very comfortable to be back in the Murry's kitchen. Though we are without our familiar characters, these close relatives are each well developed and easy to befriend.
An Acceptable Time does not drag, and it didn't turn away from its own fairly grisly plot.
A stand alone novel, good for young adults or more adult young people.
And while the book does stand alone, a previous knowledge of 'A Wrinkle in Time ' will enhance the readers experience here.
A thoughtful and fun look at different societies responses to hardship and the unexpected.
If you read "A Wrinkle in Time" expecting it to fit in with the current PC-riddled children's books of today, you will be disappointed. If you read this with an open mind, accepting the values and religious outlook of over 50 years ago, you will definitely enjoy the book. The blend of science fiction, religion, magic, and a touch of whimsy makes for a delicious recipe and a good read for children of all ages.
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