A Wrinkle In Time, which I read last year for school (and yet failed to review until now :P), is the only science fiction book I have read in my life. I am more of a historical fiction/classics sort of girl, with the occasional fantasy by Lewis or Tolkien. I also found this book to be slightly childish, and not entirely to my liking. However, I wouldn't want Literary Lane to become one-sided in the books reviewed here, so I am determined to color my shelves with other genres. With that thought in mind, shall we begin?
A Wrinkle In Time
By Madeleine L'Engle
*Summary via Goodreads.com
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract".
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
My Thoughts: WT was extremely different from the other books to which I have been exposed in the past, and in a way, that is a good thing. How can I say I love only classics when I have not touched other books? (Not to imply that I would read something that I feel goes against my faith, but that is another matter entirely.) The characters in this book are very memorable; not because they have great wit or talent, but because they are quite different from any other characters out there. The whole setting of the story was new, unconventional, and quite strange. Being a quick read, I finished WT within a day or two, and while not as satisfying as The Scarlet Pimpernel or Les Mis when it comes to literary genius, it was still an enjoyable story.
Pros: Easy to understand, engaging conversation, and concepts that are so odd they grab your attention immediately. It is not too long, and can be finished quite easily over the course of two or three days. The main characters are kindhearted and endearing.
Cons: The oddities that draw you in may well be the cause for putting the book down. While it was interesting, creative, and even funny, I did not find it to improve my spiritual life or mental intellect too much. It was a fun read, and nothing more.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I recommend this book for ages 9+
A Bit O' Reading For the Day:
“People are more than just the way they look.” — A Wrinkle In Time