A Wrinkle in Time Hardcover
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I just finished reading this a few days ago; I didn't read it when I was ten, but I really wish I had, because it probably would have gotten me hooked on science early in life. There is a scientific and spiritual theme running through this book - no doubt a lot of people have spotted a zillion "symbols" in it - but it is simply an "unputdownable" book. I would highly recommend it to young and old alike.
The easiest description is that the <i>Murrys</i> are special and as it goes in fantasy, hold a pivotal role in their universe. We spotlight all of them but sympathy follows elder sister, <i>Meg</i>. She’s like a square peg at school, unlike her popular brothers <i>Dennys & Sandy</i>. She underperforms but not for lack of intellect. She’s a mathematics whiz and her parents are notable scientists. Their Dad’s government work is secret, they haven’t been permitted to know where he is, and fear trouble when contact halts. Her five year-old brother <i>Charles</i> is an eloquent genius, with extrasensory perception too revved up for him to hide. He introduces <i>Meg</i> and a similarly special school chum to a trio of ladies, who scarcely bother to conceal that they aren’t of Earth. They know <i>Mr. Murry</i> needs help and only these three children are in a position to deliver it.
<b>Madeline L’Engle’s</b> creation is thought-provoking, memorable, and could only be born of the most outstanding imagination I’ve ever seen. The planets the rescue party traverses such as a two-dimensional one, the biological make-up of the ladies and other parties they meet, the sights.... are unparalleled and must already comprise a film! Learning about a dark, unidentified threat to their galaxy and that their Dad’s captivity plays a part, is overwhelming. <b>Madeleine</b> deserves every literary award in existence.
I remember reading it to my granddaughter, Michelle, who was born the same year WRINKLE was born. We loved it then, and we love it now. it has a bit of everything ... magic, fantasy, good versus evil, etc.--but most important it has lovable kids and a world full of wonder.
Reviewer: Betty Dravis, author of THE TOONIES INVADE SILICON VALLEY, 1106 GRAND BOULEVARD, and MILLENNIUM BABE: THE PROPHECY
For all its critical acclaim and all the ideas packed inside this story, it turned out to be much shorter than I had anticipated. Then again, it was originally written as a Young Adult book in 1962 (a different time with different standards for the lengths of Young Adult fiction), and there is definitely much more to it than at first appears. It is a coming-of-story with all the deep and painful and awkward and confusing emotions that go along with being thirteen as I remember it (the age of the protagonist, Meg Murry), but it has the added complexity of science, good-versus-evil, poetry, that there is such a thing as a tesseract, love, compassion, and aims to teach readers to see past the façade of appearances to the substance underneath. My favourite passage illustrating this is a scene is between Aunt Beast and Meg on the planet Ixchel:
Perplexity came to her from the beast. ‘What is this dark? What is this light? We do not understand. Your father and the boy, Calvin, have asked this, too. They say that it is night now on our planet, and that they cannot see.Read more ›
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Very imaginative, the author did a good job of creating unique and wondrous images that capture the imagination. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chloe
This book is a great read for developing minds. It will help them appreciate the qualities of love, courage and being oneself.Published on June 26 2014 by Praveen G
Although this book was written in the sixties, its themes hold across time. Themes include good versus evil, light versus darkness, non-conformity, status-quo, and self-reliance. Read morePublished on April 12 2014 by Rickard