October 08, 2011

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Madeline L'Engle is one of my favorite authors and I enjoy nearly all of her books immensely. They are geared towards children but I think they are highly readable for anyone and this one especially is a wondrous book.

Meg feels like an outcast in her family. Ever since her father went missing on a scientific endeavor things haven't been quite right. Her twin brothers are normal enough, and her younger brother is a genius, but Meg just feels like she doesn't quite fit in. When she and her younger brother are given an opportunity to rescue their father she learns that it may be her differences that allow her to succeed. They are whisked away in a tesseract to a far place where they will learn many lessons. The problem is, Meg, Charles Wallace, and a new friend Calvin must complete this dangerous mission without getting lost themselves.

Meg makes a good character. She's modest and has a lot of faults but actually is a pretty good person and fairly normal underneath it all. She just wants to be herself. Charles Wallace is very mysterious and unique and he really adds a lot to the novel. I found Calvin's character a bit unbelievable, but he was still nice enough. All the other characters were very well done and imaginative and I enjoyed reading about them as well.

The story as a whole is for children but could probably be complicated for a lot of them. There are difficult words for one, and difficult concepts that may prove to be too much for some. Even some adults could have trouble! But the themes in this novel are very understood and what's not to love about a novel that involves growth and love? While sending her characters on a magical/scientific journey, L'Engle does her best to teach important lessons at the same time. She does a great job at mixing thoughts of science with beliefs of faith as well but still explaining the concepts so that they are relatively understandable. It is a very engrossing read.

This is a great start to a series or even a good stand alone read. It has inspired me so much that even my screenname (which some may have recognized already) idea was taken from this book as well.

A Wrinkle In Time
Copyright 1962
211 pages

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