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A Wrinkle in Time
 
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Madeleine L'Engle
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A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet #1)

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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 sit down for a moment, and then I'll be o...more
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Published August 25th 2006 by Findaway World Llc (first published 1962)
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Mikel Maine This work of fiction miraculously involves the complex idea of a four-dimensional cube (or hypercube; tesseract) as the main plot device; what's more,…moreThis work of fiction miraculously involves the complex idea of a four-dimensional cube (or hypercube; tesseract) as the main plot device; what's more, in a children's book.

If you had spent more than thirty minutes actually trying to comprehend the concepts involved, you may have managed, like Meg Murray, to understand it—if only just for a few seconds—and you might have learned something.

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Sara
the book that first inspired me to tentatively pick up my pencil and my marbled black-and-white composition notebook (remember those?) and write (in 4th grade). the influence l'engle herself and her work have had on my life cannot be understated. i met her many many years later, during college, when she was well into her 80s, but she was exactly as i pictured her-- spirited, engaging, challenging. when i (very nervously and shyly) told her that she gave me my first inspiration to write, she look...more
RandomAnthony
So 41 of my goodreads friends have read A Wrinkle in Time, but I never picked up the book until these past few weeks. I’m not sure how this novel and I slipped past each other in my youth. I’m guessing that since the main character was a girl I wasn’t that interested in middle school and when I grew older the science fiction elements didn’t appear strong enough to snag my interest. Oh well. Last weekend I bought A Wrinkle in Time at a Borders near the Seattle airport. I wanted the novel to get m...more
Madeleine
I have one general, self-imposed rule about reviewing on this site: I write about the books I've read in the order I've finished them. By that logic, I should be cobbling together my reaction to Hunger right now but I am so taken by this childhood staple that there's no room in my brain for anything other than uncontrollable glee over this book that another Madeleine has given to the world.

I never read this book as a kid. I didn't read it as a teenager or a college student. I read it for the fi...more
Savannah
Aug 16, 2007 Savannah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, teens, YA, readers
Shelves: majorinfluences
Madeleine L'Engle is a Christian writer, more so even than C. S. Lewis in my opinion. However, while the influence of Christian Theology (and in later books, biblical history) is woven throughly through out all the books in this series, it is not offensive to non-Christian readers. I am one of those.

To be completely honest, when my mother first read me this when I was about 7 years old, I was totally oblivious to the influence L'Engle's faith has on her writing. It wasn't until I was twelve or...more
Michael
[Later note: Had discussion with author about this book and why it means so much to so many people—specifically women. Also read excellent NYTimes piece about the fiftieth anniversary.

Some books are powerful for their readers because of their context; in this case, the utter lack in popular kid's literature of 1962 of characters like Meg—real girls, who cared about atypical subjects like math, who were unashamed to be other than pink-wearing cheerleaders. To find a powerful role model in a nove...more
Bryon
I started reading "A Wrinkle In Time" when I was 8 or 10. I say started because I never finished it. I can't remember exactly why, but I think it kind of scared the crap out of me. Now, 15 or 17 years later, I've read it again (this time the whole thing) and there's really nothing scary at all about it. It's possible that, as a kid, I was somehow relating this book to the terribly scary Disney movie "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Again, I don't know why.

Whatever the reason for my fears, the...more
Jim
Apr 10, 2012 Jim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind
Recommended to Jim by: Catie
4/10/12 Okay, this is the longer review. The added bit follows the dashed line ---

I learned about this outstanding book and its brilliant author from
Catie’s wonderful review and blog post. Yes, I should have known about it many years ago, but this was a gap in my experience. To make up for lost time, I now have the boxed-set series of 5 books for my family.

This is a wonderful adventure story for children - one that speaks to them as adults, and conveys a bundle of important life-concepts witho...more
Keith Mukai
Nov 22, 2007 Keith Mukai rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children, middle schoolers, adults
This is a short, easy read that rates a 4.4 on the Flesch-Kincaid reading index (meaning that it requires a 4th-5th grade reading level). But that's based strictly on the sentence structure, vocabulary, paragraph size, etc.

What the stats don't cover is the depth of feeling and the profound scope and meaning in this book. Madeleine L'Engle's sentences may be rather simple but her notions of good, evil, love, and devotion are taken to a cosmic level (literally). This isn't mere sci-fi or fantasy;...more
Catie
Madeleine L’Engle famously said, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” I fell in love with this book when I was eight, and since then I’ve read it countless times. This is a book about physics, faith, God, and the constant fight for good. And it’s written for children with no apologies.

The manuscript for this book was notoriously rejected by many major publishers, who believed its content would...more
Jessica
"It was a dark and stormy night."

After reading on a friend’s blog that she had recently read this book, I was tempted to do a re-read myself. I was sure I had read it at some point in my childhood, and remember finding it magical and engrossing. So when I came across the book in the thrift store for 99 cents, I couldn’t resist.

Once I started reading it, though, it became clear to me that I had probably never read this book before in my life. Not one thing about it seemed familiar to me, except...more
stephanie
"it was a dark and stormy night . . ."

and so begins one of the best stories ever with one of the most improbably wonderful first lines. i read this first in fourth grade, at the pressure of my mother, who insisted i would love it despite the fact i was in a phase of "anything not based on history or about living in the woods/island/frozen tundra alone sucks!!" so it took me a while to pick it up. then i simply couldn't put it down. i have probably read this book upwards of fifty times, and it ne...more
Sarah Null
I read this when I was in fifth or sixth grade and I loved it. Re-reading it as an adult, I realized there was no way my eleven-or-twelve-year-old brain could have fully appreciated this masterpiece. After all, I am no Charles Wallace. Sure, the book has fantasy elements like travel through time and space, magical beings, and other worlds, but this is so much more than a children's hero tale. This is a beautiful book about love, good over evil, being different, and what happens when we realize o...more
Eh?Eh!
Like many others, I read this in grade school and loved it. I think I read it several times. By now I'd forgotten every name, every place, every plot point. Every single detail except the radiant warmth I'd felt for this book, such that if it was mentioned I would immediately pipe up that I loved it.

I began reading this the night I received it (thank you, book fairy!, hugs to youuuuuuu!), spine curled into a C in my beloved reading chair, inviting the back hump so common in Korean women of older...more
Paige
First, understand that I am editing this review after several outraged responses. I knew that "Wrinkle" was considered to be a classic, but I was unaware that it was considered a Beloved Classic Beyond Criticism. I read this in grade school and just REread it aloud, to my daughter. I didn't have a clear memory of it, though I remember that I loved the way it started. Now I realize why I forgot so much of it. I STILL love the first 3 chapters, and dislike the rest. But since some of you found (an...more
Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4* of five

The Book Report: Meg Murry's daddy left home unexpectedly and without saying goodbye. The adored parent left behind an adolescent daughter, three sons, and a beautiful and smart wife. Meg cannot make herself get used to his absence and can't even pretend that she's not hurt by the town's opinion that he ran off leaving her mother. This, plus braces, wildly curly hair, an intelligence far greater than her contemporaries', and glasses, isolate the girl with her even weirder littl...more
PurplyCookie
The story takes about 100 pages of tedious, banal dialogue, to get to the point where you are told that this is a battle against Evil, and all you need is love. But everything is so oversimplified, so sketchy--everything is reduced to big words, like IT, and evil. This IT, also called the Dark Thing, is striving to create a communist-type society where everyone conforms, down to the little children who bounce their balls in uniform rhythms and who live in cutter-box houses.

I liked Meg in the be...more
Lindsey Weise
I passed over these series as a child, although I remember wanting to know what the hype was about. I finally picked up this first book and gave it a try. I'll just come out and say it: I was almost annoyed with how bored I was reading this. I'm really confused as to why it was such a big deal! It felt like a short story! I've read a lot of children's books and none of them felt this...lackluster in regards to the content inside the story. I'm not saying I disliked the characters or the events....more
Nandakishore Varma
After coming to this book with high expectations, I must say I was disappointed. Since it is hailed as something of a children's classic, I expected something more than the rather insipid fare presented. Madeline L'Engle seems to have set out to write a children's fantasy with a lot of Hard SF concepts, but have ended up with a familiar "Good-versus-Evil" story in the Christian tradition, cluttered with a lot of half-cooked scientific concepts which are never more than cursorily explained.

For ex...more
Khalid
A Wrinkle in Time is a children's fantasy novel with a significant element of science fiction; its thoughtful ideas, intriguing plot and amusing conversation style make it enjoyable to read; yet, it often borders on being overdone.

The novel tells us about Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, and there travel in the universe in order to rescue Meg and Charles Wallace's father. Just like every rescue novel, this was not exactly easy.

The novel was generally good; however, it had some problems in my o...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I do not like Meg. I really do not like Meg. She's a stubborn, whiny little brat.

I wasn't all that into this story until they got to the planet of Camazotz. Then it becomes sort of like a kids' book version of Brave New World, with "IT" instead of "soma."
"On Camazotz we are all happy because we are all alike. Differences create problems."
"We let no one suffer. It is so much kinder simply to annihilate anyone who is ill."

I'm not terribly wild about the in-your-face religious references in the...more
Ruben
I'm sorry to disappoint you guys, but I did not think this was a great book. I realize I'm just now reading a book you've all loved for years, so I feel bad knocking something that's such a classic in children's literature. But honestly, it was a drag to read, and I'll tell you why. The characters are all either boring (Meg, Calvin) or unbelievable (Charles Wallace). The non-Earth settings are fully disconnected from each other and simply parodies of our world. The pacing is painful, with conver...more
Sita Sargeant
Oct 18, 2011 Sita Sargeant rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sita by: My Dad
I really don't know how to review this book. I read it a while a go and it was and still is one of my dads favourites. Basic Thoughts: An intriguing story with a unique plot. This is my dad's favourites and I recently read it again, it's a really good read. I recommend it to anyone who knows how to read and even if you don't (have someone read it to you), this is one of those classics you must read before you die.

It is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read and it is well wor...more
Wealhtheow
Jun 26, 2009 Wealhtheow rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids from 9-12
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Meg has glasses, braces, an incredible talent for math, and absolutely no patience for bs or mediocrity. She protects her genius little brother, Charles Wallace, against the cruel taunts of the villagers. And she gets into fights over her parents' reputation on a weekly basis.
She is pretty much the best character in the entire world. I would read a novel about her even if it were about the mundanities of village life. Instead she, Charles Wallace, and her schoolmate Calvin (smart, handsome, pop...more
Ron
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Jennifer Barnes
After finishing the book several days ago and thinking about it a lot since putting it down, what stands out most to me is L'Engle's bold choice in 1962 to publish a book with so many strong female characters. In that early post-50's era in America, most women stayed at home to raise their children and did not work outside the home. Mrs. Murry, however, is a brilliant scientist who ponders some of the universe's most challenging questions in what appears to be an equal partnership with her husba...more
Jason Koivu
Nice tale, I just wish L'Engle spent more time developing the settings. The decently rounded characters seemed to be floating in spartan landscapes like portraits hung in limbo. But perhaps more than anything, I think my tepid-3 star, lackluster reaction to reading A Wrinkle in Time is due to my reading it as a middle-aged curmudgeon. It's made for kids. My wife loved this book as a child and kept hinting I should read it until the hints became ultimatums. Could've sworn I heard her shouting in...more
Blair
Part of the way through this book I started wondering if the secret of writing a book for children is in the careful deletion of details. Maybe children aren't so closely tied to the words on the page and you must let them invent their own reasons for things - if the characters are there interacting, then it must be for a good reason, to say so explicitly would be to destroy the imagination. But I can't say this is the case with other children stories I've loved, including Little House on the Pr...more
Miriam
I am often asked how I came to write A Wrinkle in Time. Even with all the hindsight of which I am capable I can't quite explain it. It was during a time of transition...

I was on a cosmological jag at that time, partly, I suppose because it satisfied my longing for God better than books of theology. The influence of those books on Wrinkle is obvious. I was also quite consciously writing my own affirmation of a universe which is created by a power of love.

...the book was rejected by publisher afte
...more
Ryan Ford
Wow! I forgot what a great book this is. I read the four Madeline L'Engle books when I was a kid, but it was C. S. Lewis that I read over and over again. "A Winkle in Time" is really a classic piece of children's literature though, and deserves much attention.

To all of the normal readers out there, that's all I have to say. Read it again! It will only take you about two hours or so, and it is well worth it.

To the Lost Book Club peoples:

There are a few things in this novel that might reflect on...more
Kim
It really seems I am in the minority with this book. I recently noticed on one of those "must have" books that a lot of people read in their childhood. Maybe if I had read it back then my thoughts on it now would be different but I didn't so they're not.

This books is a twisting tale about a brother and sister who, along with a new friend, go on an adventure to find their missing father. A simple enough plot that becomes a bit muddled when it involves witches/angels, wormholes and the evil Darkne...more
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Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regener...more
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