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A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) Paperback – May 1, 2007
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“Yoo's cover art is enchanting.” ―Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (blog)
“A coming of age fantasy story that sympathizes with typical teen girl awkwardness and insecurity, highlighting courage, resourcefulness and the importance of famiyl 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
About the Author
Madeleine L'Engle (1918–2007) was born in New York City and attended Smith College. She wrote more than 60 books, the most famous of which is A Wrinkle In Time (1962), winner of the Newbery Award in 1963. L'Engle continued the story of the Murry family from A Wrinkle In Time with seven other novels (five of which are available as A Wrinkle In Time Quintent from Square Fish). She also wrote the famous series featuring the Austin family, beginning with the novel Meet The Austins (1960). L'Engle revisited the Austins four more times over the next three decades, concluding with Troubling a Star in 1994. The story of the Austins had some autobiographical elements, mirroring Madeleine's life and the life of her family. Madeleine L'Engle's last book, The Joys of Love, is a romantic, coming-of-age story she wrote back in the 1940s, and is being published by FSG.
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While it is true that the book can be read allegorically, it is a treasure all unto itself. I have many geeky, male friends who enjoyed this book as a child, but it did not resonate with them like it did with the woman I have spoken to. I think this is a book wonderful for all genders and ages, but especially lovely for young girls who are a little smarter than the rest of their class, who feel a little less attractive, and who are just finding it difficult to traverse their world.
Many years later, I still find myself reading or listening to this book at least once every year. When things in life start to get a little crazy, and all of those same feelings come back (only now it is being a little too smart at work, and being a little less socially skilled at networking, etc), I visit my friend Meg, and between the two of us things always seem clearer by the end of the book. :)
It is worth noting that there are 3 other books in this "series". A Wrinkle in Time is the first one, then "A Wind in the Door" (A Wind in the Door), "A Swiftly Tilting Planet" (A Swiftly Tilting Planet), and lastly "Many Waters" (Many Waters). The first three are closely tied, but the last one, Many Waters, I actually only realized existed a few years ago. Instead of Having Meg Murray as one of the main characters the book is about an adventure that her younger, twin brothers have. Still good, but a little different than the first 3.
No matter your age, if you have never read these books, and have a little bit of the "intelligent misfit" about you (or ever did), I strongly recommend you pick these books up!
I don't know if L'Engle wrote such lame characters because she thinks kids are stupid and aren't capable of understanding things that aren't dumbed down for them ('scientist' means doing experiments with chemicals, 'genius' means a 5-year old behaves like a grownup and talks about random stuff nobody cares about, for a main character to be relateable, she must be an outcast. All old people must be spunky and quirky.) or if she just really operates on that level and isn't capable of writing anything better.
Things don't improve as Mrs. Whatsit appears on the scene. Every time Mrs. Who says something in a foreign language it just annoyed me. Was it supposed to be amusing? I really expected this book, which has SOOO MUCH HYPE, to have characters that weren't just walking 1-dimensional jokes. Really, why did Mrs. Who even exist other than to show off all the foreign phrases L'Engle thinks she knows? All three Mrs. W's could have just been combined into one character and it wouldn't have really mattered. Oh wait then Mrs. Whatsit couldn't transform into a sparkling flying pony-man for Meg to ride on.
And then.... AN EVIL SHADOW OF DOOM APPEARS!!!! And then.... they travel some more and then... LOVE AND JESUS CONQUER ALL. I kid you not.
Look guys, I understand you read this thing when you were a little kid and therefore you're really fond of it because it gives you sweet memories of your childhood but really IT'S A DAMN CRAPPY BOOK.
The story had potential but it's mandate to include religious messages as often as possible and it's use of incorrect scientific facts (based on what we believe is true today) makes it confusing and often boring for most children and adults.
This is an OLD, OLD book and some of the serious problems it has are because we read it in the here and now but it refers to information that was thought to be true in the long ago past.
My biggest problem is it infers that all bad or evil is female. I state this because anytime something Evil or Bad happens, it is identified and referred to as "she" or "her". Love & God are always "he". Looks sexist to me!
I guess the popularity of this book is a direct reflection of someone's need to constantly cram religion down their children's throats. If the need is so great, why don't they write a better book or at least demand this one be edited to correct the science errors and eliminate the sexist stuff.
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