I did enjoy this book. I'm a sucker for allegory and this children's tale is full of it, altho heavy handedly. Written in the late 50's early 60's, ac...moreI did enjoy this book. I'm a sucker for allegory and this children's tale is full of it, altho heavy handedly. Written in the late 50's early 60's, according to the author, she had a difficult time getting it published because the powers that be felt it was too difficult for children to grasp. While writing the book, she would read what she had written that day to her own young kids and they anxiously anticipated each reading so she knew it would fly. Finally she was able to get it published and the rest is history.
I loved the protag Meg, covered under glasses and braces this 13 yr old has an enormous amount of emotions and cleverness- just not so that everyone can see. When her equally odd genius-but in a different way- little brother leads she and a new friend to three even odder old ladies, they had no idea that they were about to embark on an adventure through space, time, and dimensions of other worlds into the heart of darkness that shadows the soul of earth.
Typical Christian themes run throughout the rest of the story- themes of faith overcoming fear, acquiring the ability to see what is not seen, and most importantly... love and sacrifice will always conquer evil. CS Lewis did it better of course with The Chronicles of Narnia, but this one did make me tear up a bit in the end.
As a side note: Oddly this book is on the Frequently Challenged/ Banned books list, because idiots who obviously have no ability to understand below the surface of a thing, (and believe me when I tell you this one aint that deep!), look at some of the characters and think "on no they are witches, they must be of the devil" rather than the angels they really are! (ugh) Apparently also a bit disturbing to them was the fact that Jesus is mentioned in a category of importance along WITH other religious figures and important people throughout history ala Buddha and Shakespeare. Small minded idiots, because this book was the most pro-Christian book I've read in a long time! (People need to actually READ a book before they start challenging stuff. UGH)
I listened to A Wrinkle in Time on audio, read by the author herself, which I always like because you get the idea of the characters real voices... unfortunately she has a lisp and its rather hard to ignore it at times to pay attention to the story! BUT I'm so glad I finally can cross this one off my list- and sadly do wish I had read it as a kid because I think I would have been spellbound!(less)
Society has evolved to a place where a home can babysit and raise your kids for you, with a nursery that will bring to life anything your child imagin...moreSociety has evolved to a place where a home can babysit and raise your kids for you, with a nursery that will bring to life anything your child imagines. George and Lydia Hadley were happy to purchase their Happylife Home so affordably, where lights turn on as you walk in a room and the house clothed and fed and rocked their kids to sleep. But something is awry in the nursery. The room is stuck on an African Veldt land with lions feeding and vultures looming- and this imaginary world feels all too real.
When George asks the kids about their African playground, the kids deny that’s where they’ve been and when Wendy, his daughter, quickly runs ahead of George and changes the scenery, he knows they are hiding something.
Realizing that giving the kids everything they’ve ever wanted probably wasn’t such a good idea, he begins to shut things down- including the nursery. But too little- too late, and at the end of the tale, George and Lydia finally realize why the screams coming from the nursery every night sounded so familiar.
Bradbury never fails to strike me with his descriptive wording- even in a short short story such as this.
“The hot straw smell of liongrass, the cool green smell of the hidden water hole, the great rusty smell of animals, the smell of dust like a red paprika in the hot air.”
“Like a red paprika...” Hunh. Love that.
I’m also sensing, Bradbury really didn’t like modern entertainment and the direction it’s heading. He must have felt that eventually it would atrophy the brain and spoil the kiddos.
Lara is a healer and, in her eyes, that takes precedence over her royal blood. By simply being who she is, she finds herself sold as war booty to appe...moreLara is a healer and, in her eyes, that takes precedence over her royal blood. By simply being who she is, she finds herself sold as war booty to appease a warlord about to overtake her weak brother's kingdom.
And yet still, she is who she is, and her healing ways make her just as beloved by the people in the warlord's camp as she ever was in the Kingdom of Xy. Because she will not compromise her beliefs as a healer, she's about to change two kingdoms, for the better.
Loved every minute of this chick-fantasy. (And guys? This book is so "girls only". You just wont get it. ((two words. War. Lord... but a non threatening one.)) :P) I thought for sure the hero was gonna end up being a shape shifter, I've read so much PNR, but I was wrong, and yet still it was so good.
Since it's first person we're not in the heroes head at all but I love that his actions are enough. Same actually could have been said about the heroine even though it was told in her voice. I'll give, She is a bit naive for believing in the bad guy for so long, but I'll forgive her that for her wonderful selflessness and standing up for what she believes in. Plus, her favorite things are her books and helping others. I was so in.
The romance is tame but still kept me interested. Personally the "big reveal", as some other reviewer's have called it, really wasnt much of one. What really makes this book work is the Warlord's culture and his desire to merge with the Warprize's very different culture.