- Author: Madeleine L’engle
- File Size: 2249 KB
- Print Length: 228 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (November 1, 2007)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2007
- Language: English
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A WRINKLE IN TIME is a classic sci-fi adventure for children by bestselling US author, Madeleine L’Engle.
When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a ‘wrinkle in time’ for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as ‘It’. How Charles, his sister Meg and friend Calvin find and free his father makes this a very special and exciting mixture of fantasy and science fiction, which all the way through is dominated by the funny and mysterious trio of guardian angels known as Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which.
Madeleine L’Engle lived in New York and wrote over 60 books for children, including A WRINKLE IN TIME, the first in her Time Quintet series and winner of the highly prestigious Newbury Medal. she died in 2007, aged 88.
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.
“Two children, accompanied by an older boy, go on a search for their missing scientist-father-a dangerous search that takes them through space by means of a ‘tesseract,’ or wrinkle in time, to the dark planet Camazotz, whose puppetlike inhabitants are controlled by IT, a disembodied brain.”
Juvenile novel by Madeleine L’engle, published in 1962. It won a Newbery Medal in 1963. Combining theology, fantasy, and science, it is the story of travel through space and time to battle a cosmic evil. With their neighbor Calvin O’Keefe, young Meg Murry and her brother Charles Wallace embark on a cosmic journey to find their lost father, a scientist studying time travel. Assisted by three eccentric women–Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which–the children travel to the planet Camazotz where they encounter a repressed society controlled by IT, a disembodied brain that represents evil. Among the themes of the work are the dangers of unthinking conformity and scientific irresponsibility and the saving power of love. The sequels are A Wind in the Door (1973), A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978), and Many Waters (1986).
A Wrinkle In Time is one of those classics that always seems to pop up in book discussions but it’s one I had never read, nor considered reading. So, with the release of movie in early 2018 and its brilliant looking trailer, my interest was piqued. I decided to buy the book and read it with the intention of also seeing the movie. Looking back, it was the movie hype alone (and Oprah) that had made me decide to read the book.
To cut it down to the basics, A Wrinkle In Time is the story of a girl, Meg, her friend Calvin, and her brother Charles Wallace, in a search for her long lost father. As the plot evolves we find that he was playing with time and had disappeared into its depths. Enter some magical ladies who want to help them find him and we are off on a journey to strange places with mysterious characters.
The book was written many years ago and it does have that certain charm and innocence compared to today’s books. But this book actually left me flat. I didn’t remotely identify with the characters nor did I really care about their success. From early on, I found myself wanting it to end. But I kept reading, thinking that I must be missing something about a book that has hooked so many dedicated fans over many years. That was the main thing that kept me reading – the promise that it was so loved that there must be something amazing on the way. Unfortunately, for me, it didn’t arrive.
In a Nutshell – I really didn’t enjoy this at all and was relieved when it finally ended. So, I guess that also rules the movie out of my ‘to watch’ list.
Meg and her little brother, Charles, wonder what happened to their father, a scientist working for the government who has been missing for several years. When a strange old lady shows up at their door, the adventure to find him begins. The old lady and two more of her odd friends lead them out of the universe into the worlds of some strange planets that are under the influence of the horrible, shadowy IT.
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.
his was the pivotal book of my early adolescence and is still a touchstone for me as an adult. No other book has had such a profound effect on my thinking, personality, spirituality, and character. I should clarify that I didn’t then and don’t now share her Christian interpretation of the universe which many people consider to be the essence of this book and much of her writing. For me, this book reminded me to say yes to life, to accept responsibility, to be brave even when frightened, not to make decisions based on fear, and to accept people as they are. The lessons that I learned from this book have seen me through some very difficult episodes. She gave me the strength to do what was right even when that action was dangerous. I found this book when I was 12. I will be 59 next month and I still read it once or twice a year. I am convinced that it is partly responsible for my still be here.