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A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

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Series: The Time Quintet (1), Kairos (1)

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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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I am so glad I took the time to reread this classic! I can still remember the cover of the edition I had as a child, and I remembered that I absolutely adored it. But I had forgotten enough of the story to make this time around a true delight! Madeleine L'Engle has created a tale to amaze and enchant, and it was simply magical to listen to the audio, which is read by the author herself. If, by chance, you missed out on this treasure as a child, do yourself a favor and go buy a copy today and reread. Such fun! ( )
  kdegour23 | May 29, 2024 |
A classic of children literature, but I was not very impressed. It is well written and it does have elements of interest, but the characters and the story are rather sketchy. I never felt that I really cared.

The themes and values explored are interesting, but Michael Ende did it better with Momo and, above all, with the wonderful The Neverending Story.

All in all, this reminded me of the Narnia Chronicles. It also has those Christian elements that, to me, come across as a bit preachy and condescending.

The hard science fiction elements were intriguing, but not much is done with them, and I got the feeling that the author had done some reading but did not have a deep understanding of those concepts. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Grade 3-4
Awards/Honors: Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, Runner-up for the Hans Christan Andersen Award. ( )
  laholley | Apr 29, 2024 |
I read this book when I was about 11 or so and had only the vaguest of memories of what had happened.

I like the ideas and themes and overall feel the book gives. But I feel very much like beginning of the book Meg: not sure what exactly is going on but understanding enough to get by. ( )
  owlbeyourfriend | Apr 24, 2024 |
I didn't purchase this book, I won it...however, I would have bought it eventually. But I didn't have to, so woo-hoo for me! Now, to the review:

I enjoyed this book quite a bit! Being that it was first published about 50 years ago, I didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. I was hooked from, "It was a dark and stormy night."

The story is centered around Meg and Charles who (along with their friend, Calvin) are looking for their father. The kids are helped by an amazing cast of characters (including Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Aunt Beast), some of whom can actually morph into other creatures. Evidently, dad has successfully traveled through time and space and is trapped somewhere far, far away by a force from which he cannot escape - a force which, it seems, can hijack your mind and alter your sense of reality. Meg is the older sister to Charles - who has special, and perhaps unnerving, gifts. "Ordinary" Meg seems to feel inferior because of this and sometimes doubts herself. These gifts Charles has may put him in danger on their quest to reclaim their father, however. Can Meg save him? Can she save them both? You will have to read it to find out because I am not going to tell you. Heheheh.

There were several allusions made to biblical texts and principles throughout the book. I have no problem with this - I read the Bible. It's the only book I read every day. I did have a little issue with the author equating Jesus with famous, dead philosophers, scientists, composers - great men, but men nonetheless. If you are a Christian (as I am), you might take issue with this as well - as if the author is suggesting that Christ was not divine. I've read that Madeleine L'Engle was a Christian, so I wonder if this was actually the intention. However, aside from this one thing, I enjoyed the book enough to give it four stars.
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  clamagna | Apr 4, 2024 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Madeleine L'Engleprimary authorall editionscalculated
Barrett, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bober, RichardCover 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
Reggiani, SaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richwood, SamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosoff, MegIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scaife, KeithIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sis, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yoo, TaeeunCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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It was a dark and stormy night.
"The tesseract--" Mrs. Murry whispered. "What did she mean? How could she have known?" [p.27]
Well, the fifth dimension's a tesseract...In other words, to put it into Euclid, or old-fashioned plane geometry, a straight line is not the shortest distance between two points. [p.75]
“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 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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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. Whatsit, 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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