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A Swiftly Tilting Planet (A Wrinkle in Time…

A Swiftly Tilting Planet (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet) (original 1978; edition 2007)

by Madeleine L'Engle (Author)

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Title:A Swiftly Tilting Planet (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet)
Authors:Madeleine L'Engle (Author)
Info:Square Fish (2007), 320 pages

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A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle (1978)


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Charles Wallace travels through time, gently nudging event to prevent the end of the world. The stops are variations on the same theme with the dependents of the previous visit. The idea that it was necessary for there to be a "blue-eyed Indian" bothered me. ( )
  nx74defiant | Jun 24, 2018 |
A bedtime storybook, read aloud to my twelve-year-old.

This is easily my least favorite of the L'Engle books so far.

I like the idea that there are pivotal moments in history/life, where a different decision can have far-reaching consequences. But the way the story circles around one single line of ancestry, with two families that apparently meet and mate and fight over and over again squicks of both incest and eugenics. Why does it have to be the same family every time? Why does it have to be so invested in who procreates with who? And why does it ultimately and oh-so-problematically need to end up with a brownish character with blue eyes?

The entire thing made me uncomfortable. ( )
  greeniezona | Jun 24, 2018 |
This used to be my favorite installation in the [b:Wrinkle in Time|18131|A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)|Madeleine L'Engle|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1329061522s/18131.jpg|948387] series. I adored Charles Wallace, enjoyed the trip through history and seeing different time periods... Rereading it, some of the twists were rather obvious and a bit insulting. The repetition of the rune got trying. Realizing when it was written, what was happening... well, it gave the book a context that made its message rather clear. It would have been interesting to see what kids thought of it at the time it was released with the very real threat of nuclear annihilation looming.

Good to see some Welsh mythology creeping in, as it doesn't tend to get looked at nearly often enough. The witch hunt was a bit annoying, but so it goes. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
This book won't be everyone's cup of tea, and may not appeal to fans of the first two books of the Time series. This installment is much more abstract than the first two.

I'm not sure how to describe how this book is atypical. I really enjoyed it. The time travel is as much travel across the psychological landscape as across the temporal landscape, all without leaving the same geographical location. ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
See my comments on A Wrinkle in Time ( )
  Kim_Sasso | Mar 14, 2018 |
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L'Engle, Madeleineprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, Jody A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morrill, RowenaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sis, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
van der Linden, VincentTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440401585, Paperback)

Fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace Murry, whom readers first met in A Wrinkle in Time, has a little task he must accomplish. In 24 hours, a mad dictator will destroy the universe by declaring nuclear war--unless Charles Wallace can go back in time to change one of the many Might-Have-Beens in history. In an intricately layered and suspenseful journey through time, this extraordinary young man psychically enters four different people from other eras. As he perceives through their eyes "what might have been," he begins to comprehend the cosmic significance and consequences of every living creature's actions. As he witnesses first-hand the transformation of civilization from peaceful to warring times, his very existence is threatened, but the alternative is far worse.

The Murry family, also appearing in A Wind in the Door and Many Waters, acts as a carrier of Madeleine L'Engle's unique message about human responsibility for the world. Themes of good versus evil, time and space travel, and the invincibility of the human spirit predominate. Even while she entertains, L'Engle kindles the intellect, inspiring young people to ask questions of the world, and learn by challenging. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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The youngest of the Murry children must travel through time and space in a battle against an evil dictator who would destroy the entire universe.

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