A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Rating: 4.7 Stars
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Where to buy: Amazon | BN | Strand

It was a dark and stormy night.

And so begins the saga of feisty Meg, precocious Charles Wallace and brave Calvin, along with Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit, as they fight to save Meg’s father and bring him home.

SIDEBAR:  I have a bone to pick with my elementary school teachers.  How on Earth did we not read A Wrinkle in Time when I was in school?  Yes, I get it, you had to follow the curriculum.  But seriously?  In all of the Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Roald Dahl and others we read, none of you could have slipped this one in?  Not the one of you?  I feel cheated!  All of you knew how much I loved to read and A Wrinkle in Time never crossed your radar?  I’m very disappointed in you.  Okay.  I’ve got that off my chest.  Moving on.

In Madeleine L’Engle’s classic tale, Meg Murry’s Dad has been missing for some time and she’s having a hard time dealing with it.  She’s moody, combative and just plain mad at the world.  Where is her father?  Why hasn’t he come back to Meg and the rest of the family?  Does he know what everyone’s saying about his disappearance?  Meg needs answers.  And boy oh boy did she get them.

Had work not gotten in the way of me reading A Wrinkle in Time, I would have read it straight through in one sitting.  I was lost in Meg’s world and fell in love with Charles Wallace, a special young boy with amazing abilities (and the vocabulary of a PhD).  But it was the author’s imagery and descriptions of the strange beings, places and things she created in her novel that had me glued to the pages.  And now with the film of the same name, directed by Ava DuVernay in theaters, I am so excited to see those same beings, places and things come to life on the big screen.

One thing that bothered me about the story was how much Meg got on my nerves until the very end.  I was surprised I felt that way about her, especially with all she had going on in her young life.  Stuff that would have made a grown man fall down and assume the fetal position, her life was so crazy.  But Meg persevered and did what was necessary.

Of course, I plan on seeing the film as well as reading A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Books 2 and 3 in the Time Trilogy.

Did you read the Time Trilogy as a kid?  If so, how did you feel about it?  Does it hold any special memories for you?  Let me know in the comments.


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