(Review) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Publisher and Publication Date: Square Fish/Farrar Straus Giroux. 1962. My paperback copy was published in 2007.
Genre: Science fiction. Fantasy fiction. Young adult fiction.
Pages: 247.
Source: Self-purchase.
Audience: This book is a gem for young adult to adult.
Rating: Excellent.

Amazon link
The paperback today is $5.35. The Kindle eBook is $6.99.

Goodreads link shows the rest of the series.

A Wrinkle in Time is book one in the Time Quintet Series.

A Wrinkle in Time won the John Newbery Medal in 1963.

The book was made into a film in 2018. It doesn’t have good reviews. Such a big undertaking for a story that’s fantasy and possibly hard to recreate in a film.



Madeleine L’Engle website
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Link @ Biography to read about L’Engle
or @ Britannica

Link @ Amazon for a biography on Madeleine L’Engle. I have this eBook but haven’t read it. The title is A Light So Lovely.


Summary:
The Murry family has an absent family member: the dad. He is a scientist and disappeared on a mystery assignment. The mother is also a scientist. The children are Meg, Sandy and Dennys (twin boys), and Charles.
Charles seems to know what Meg and their mother is thinking, and what they need. He is a young child but has a mature countenance; and, he has remarkable and uncanny abilities. Charles introduces Meg to the three Mrs. W’s. Later, a teenage boy named Calvin joins the group in their adventure.

My Thoughts:
I’ve read this book a few times. I’ve lost track with how many times I’ve read it. At least twice as an adult.
Why do I reread books? I read them again, because with each reading I learn something I didn’t know previous. Plus, I love them and they are a joy to read. Reading a book as an adult definitely gives me a different perspective than when I was a child.
Meg is a character I can relate to at any age. She wants to connect with another person. Meg is lonely. She needs a comrade. She needs a friend. She needs a person who will enjoy being with her through shared experiences. The absence of her dad is troublesome, embarrassing, and it adds to the other stressful stuff in life.
Meg is a character who has not found the right place to fit. She feels different, and is not exactly sure who she is yet.
Meg also needs a purpose.
All of her needs and desires will be examined, explored, and met in the adventure.
What I learned in this book….this reading, is the loneliness of the mother. It is easy to focus on the children, but what about their mother. She has a purpose, she has a job/career, she has a home, but she misses her helpmate, friend, and partner in life.
Later in the book Bible verse references are included. This is something people may find unexpected. However, they are not pasted, they have a purpose.
I love the imaginative story.
I love the wise quotes left here and there.
I love the teachings in the story.
I love the bond of love in the family and through friendship.

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