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A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet) Hardcover – January 1, 1962
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Everyone in town thinks Meg is volatile and dull-witted and that her younger brother Charles Wallace is dumb. People are also saying that their father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors, Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their new friend Calvin, embark on a perilous quest through space to find their father. In doing so they must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time.
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)
“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
“An exhilarating experience.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“This imaginative book will be read for a long time into the future.” ―Children's Literature
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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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Winner of the 1963 Newberry Medal.
Published by Listening Library in 2012
Read by Hope Davis
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