A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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A Wrinkle in Time

Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Classics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Square Fish
Release Date: May 2007 (First published 1962)
Pages: 247

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

REVIEW: This is one of those classics that I have gone throughout the years without picking up. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t understand it myself. It is magical and filled with supernatural elements. Completely engrossing. It’s not just a book for the younger generations, this goes with everyone that loves to read. The characters are eccentric, off-putting, and loving at the same time. And can we talk about how impressive of a character Charles Wallace is?

“I mean like in biology,’ Calvin said suspiciously.

‘A change in gene,’ Charles Wallace quoted, ‘resulting in the appearance in the offspring of a character which is not present in the parents but which is potentially transmissible to its offspring.’ 

‘What gives around here?’ Calvin asked. ‘I was told you couldn’t talk.’

‘Thinking I’m a moron gives people something to feel smug about,’ Charles Wallace said. ‘Why should I disillusion them?”

Then enter three elderly characters that are extraordinarily mysterious and unearthly. Catching our attentions right as they make their entrances into this realm that Madeleine L’Engle has created for us. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, whom you are going to want to get to know. They’re not at all what I expected when first introduced to them. Their stories run much further than imagined. If Charles Wallace says they’re ok, then they must be.

“Suddenly the three of them were there, Mrs Whatsit with her pink stole askew; Mrs Who with her spectacles gleaming; Mrs Which still little more than a shimmer. Delicate multicolored butterflies were fluttering about them, as though in greeting.”

As I come to know Charles more and the three traveling companions, Meg’s character grows more stronger and is brought to the forefront of the book as the pages are read. She, at first, seems angry, complicated, but is more than that. A misunderstood character with so much to give. She doesn’t have any desire to prove herself to anyone and has plenty of strength and courage to become who she wants to be. And what is there to fit into when you’re that awesome of a person. She is bold and strong and smart with a plethora of zany qualities.

There are copious amount of ah moments and hair-raising tales of the darkness that resides outside of our world. Answers that come when most needed. Adventures that commence once Charles, Meg, and Calvin agree to go on a rescue mission that will test all their wits and either make them better for it or keep them fearful of the unknown.

“She knew that her own puny little brain was no match for this great, bodiless, pulsing, writhing mass on the round dais. She shuddered as she looked at it.”

“But now she thought that if only she had a dissecting knife she would slash at IT, cutting ruthlessly through cerebrum, cerebellum.”

A tesseract is not needed to travel within this novel. Just a love for books and a childlike imagination that will keep all of us reading for many more years to come.

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