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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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A Wrinkle in Time (1962)

by Madeleine L'Engle

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Series: The Time Quintet (1)

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I really did not enjoy this book.
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
A pesar que este libro es un clásico de la literatura gringa, sólo recientemente supe de su existencia, así que apenas vi esta edición de los 50 años me la compré inmediatamente.
Las cosas que le quitaron 2 estrellas para mi fueron las incesantes pataletas y quejas de Meg, el ocasional discurso de Dios, y que le faltó «algo», no sé qué, pero algo que realmente me hiciera conectar con el libro, más allá de una mera curiosidad por saber qué pasaba al final.
Sí me gustó la trama del libro, esa idea de cruzar dimensiones, tiempo y espacio para salvar a su papá, especialmente considerando la época en que el libro fue escrito, es muy interesante. Además tenemos por supuesto a las geniales Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which y Mrs. Who, a quienes uno nunca entiende muy bien (ni se sabe bien qué son), pero son como una luz en medio de la confusión e incertidumbre en la que constantemente están los personajes. Por último, lo que más me gustó es que mezclaron un montón de cosas científicas y se preocupaban de explicarlas, no de simplemente contartelas. No te dicen que van a viajar en el tiempo y el espacio, te «explican» como lo hacen, literalmente con un dibujito.
Me gustó leer este libro, aunque me hubiera gustado que se profundizara un poco más tanto en los personajes (y que Meg fuera menos llorona) como en las situaciones, porque todo el tiempo sentí que era como una pasada por encima a una historia mucho más compleja e interesante. Ah, y que los dos papás fueran científicos fue muy cool :)
Tres estrellas! ( )
  Danyspike | Jan 13, 2017 |
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  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
Ok, this is my second attempt at reading this book. The first time was so painful that it's one of the few books I put down without intending to pick back up.
I gave it another attempt some years later and think I will attribute most of my loathing to the audiobook reader - she was just so slow and made every character's voice such that I had difficulty liking any of them.
This time around, the character were only moderately unlikeable (aside from Charles Wallace, whose death I kept praying for).
All in all, by today's standards the book is predictable and cliched (they took down the great darkness through the power of LOVE...*gag*).
I don't get people's obsession with this book. It's nothing special in any way shape or form. ( )
  benuathanasia | Jan 5, 2017 |
If I had read this as a child I would have likely given it 5 stars, however, I read it as an adult and did not enjoy it much. It is exceptionally well written and perfect as an introduction to science fiction for children. ( )
  Dollinha | Dec 21, 2016 |
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This sci-fi tale is about a girl named Meg, her brother, and a friend following the crazy W ladies into outer space on a quest to find the girls father.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Madeleine L'Engleprimary authorall editionscalculated
Barrett, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caruso, BarbaraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davis, HopeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, Jody A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Linden, Vincent van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maitland, AntonyContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raskin, EllenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sis, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yoo, TaeeunCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Charles Wadsworth Camp and Wallace Collin Franklin
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It was a dark and stormy night.
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"The tesseract--" Mrs. Murry whispered. What did she mean? How could she have known?

Well, the fifth dimension's a tesseract...In other words, to put it into Euclid, or old-fashion plain geometry, a straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.
“Maybe I don’t like being different,” Meg said. “but I don’t want to be like everybody else, either.”
“You mean you’re comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?”

“Yes.” Mrs. Whatsit said. “You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you.”
The middle beast, a tremor of trepidation in his words, said "You aren't from a dark planet, are you?"
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Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace leave Earth in search of Meg's father, Mr. Murry. Mr. Murry is a scientist who has been missing since the birth of Charles Wallace, Meg's baby brother. Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsist, however, assist the children in their journey by helping them to tesseract or wrinkle in time. They soon discover that their father has been detained by IT. IT tries to transform people into mindless robots. Will they be able to overpower IT? Will they be able to save their father?
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312367546, Paperback)

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)

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Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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