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Young people who have trouble finding their place in the world will connect with the "misfit" characters in this provocative story. This is no superhero tale, nor is it science fiction, although it shares elements of both. The travelers must rely on their individual and collective strengths, delving deep into their characters to find answers.
A classic since 1962, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is sophisticated in concept yet warm in tone, with mystery and love coursing through its pages. Meg's shattering yet ultimately freeing discovery that her father is not omnipotent provides a satisfying coming-of-age element. Readers will feel a sense of power as they travel with these three children, challenging concepts of time, space, and the power of good over evil. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
"One of America’s most beloved stories." ―Andrew Liptak in Kirkus
“A coming of age fantasy story that sympathizes with typical teen girl awkwardness and insecurity, highlighting courage, resourcefulness and the importance of family ties as key to overcoming them.” ―Carol Platt Liebau, author, in the New York Post
“An exhilarating experience.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“This imaginative book will be read for a long time into the future.” ―Children's Literature
“A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it so often, I know it by heart. Meg Murry was my hero growing up. I wanted glasses and braces and my parents to stick me in an attic bedroom. And I so wanted to save Charles Wallace from IT.” ―Meg Cabot
“A book that every young person should read, a book that provides a road map for seeking knowledge and compassion even at the worst of times, a book to make the world a better place.” ―Cory Doctorow
“[L'Engle's] work is one of the things that made me a writer, a science fiction and fantasy fan, an avid reader. Hers were the first books I read that mixed math and magic, the quest and the quantum.” ―Scott Westerfeld
“A Wrinkle in Time taught me that you can tackle even the deepest and most slippery concepts of physics and philosophy in fiction for young readers. It's a great lesson for all writers, and a tough tesseract to follow.” ―David Lubar
- ASIN : B004OA64H0
- Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 1, 2010)
- Publication date : April 1, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1051 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,772 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A Wrinkle in Time is both a sci-fi story and a coming of age story. Meg, an awkward and insecure girl finds the courage and resourcefulness to overcome IT and save her father and brother. She also learns about the importance of family and love. While the character growth of Meg is nice, at times it seems a little contrived. One minute she's on the brink of death under the grip of IT, and the next, she's ready to face IT because she knows that it's something only she can do. It's also not very clear why little Charles, who has the vocabulary of a Harvard graduate, is so special. Some of the characters could have benefited from more development. Throughout the story there are references to Christianity: quotes from scripture, mention of guardian angels, and the idea that God is in charge of everything. This gives the story a "Chronicles of Narnia" kind of feel.
Overall, the story is very good, and one that would appeal to middle grade readers who enjoy sci-fi/fantasy books.
As for the plot, there effectively is none. The first three quarters of the book is setup for a climax that never happens.
The aspect that bothers me most is how outdated it feels socially. The story pushes the tired "ugly duckling" motif and generally emphasizes the importance of good looks and traditional social standing and relationships, while confusingly claiming that nonconformity is the pinnacle of life and meaning. I understand that this is colored by the Cold War Communist scare, but the book gives a very strange and dated message.
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L’engle was inspired from Einstein’s theories in this book, and I’m not even sure I understand everything as an adult 🙂 It’s full of beautiful quotes, anecdotes, metaphors that elevates the book to another level than being a simple children’s novel. Meg, as a character, is layered and complex. When asked, L’engle if Meg is her, she says ‘of course’ 🙂
The evil is so realistic and scary. The atmosphere is very vividly dark. I loved how she displayed the battle between good and bad. My only criticism is, I felt the end was very rushed compared to the build up.
I've always been an avid reader and I am wondering how, in my over 3 decades of stay on earth, I had not come across this before (i would've enjoyed it even more in my teens). Anyhow, I am glad I did not miss it - better late than never!
While the story is relatively short and the writing style is simplistic at times, it isn’t at all dull to read - it’s relaxing and suitable for a wide audience (probably from around 11 upwards) and the characters (especially meg!) are relatable and appealing without being flawless
I would describe the story as rather whimsical fantasy (it reminded me of a ghibli film in places) but not in a way that could put off older readers.
Overall, a brilliant story and definitely worth the price!
It's not just because it's dated. The characters are nauseatingly prim and precocious, the 'magical' characters are, frankly, boring, and the the whole thing is a horrible and confusing mishmash of bad sci-fi, yawnworthy witches and mawkish religion. I shouted out loud a lot as I read this.
A few of the central ideas feel a bit too similar to C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy series for my liking - for example, the severed head of Alcasan in That Hideous Strength is a mouthpiece for the evil alien Eldila, just like the throbbing brain is a mouthpiece for 'It' in A Wrinkle in Time. (By the way, the three Space Trilogy novels are far from the best thing Lewis ever wrote).
I'd happily give this zero points. Makes me mad this book still in circulation when I see so many talented authors out there these days who can't get a break. It's mystifying how this was ever made into a film.