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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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That's what I felt I was seeing as I read this, a blank slate, a void, an empty room.

A Wrinkle in Time is a very nice tale, but 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.

Lackluster description is one thing, but perhaps more than anything, I think my tepid-3 star, ho-hum reaction to A Wrinkle in Time is due to my reading it as a middle-aged curmudgeon. It's made for kids and I haven't been one of them in a while.

My wife loved this book as a child and kept hinting I should read it, hinting so much that the hints became ultimatums. Could've sworn I heard her in my head shouting, "Read this or you do not love me!" So I read it and well...meh. I missed the age-appropriate boat on that one, I guess. But hey, at least I was smart enough not to give her my scathing review (yes, this would've been seen as a scathing review in her eyes). I just said, "It was nice," and that's the story of how I managed to stay married.

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January 1, 2007 – Finished Reading
November 22, 2008 – Shelved

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Nandakishore Varma Exactly my assessment. :)


Tish I know how your wife feels. This is one of my all-time favorite books in the world, based on how much I loved it when I read it at age 8 or 10 (likely both). I'm a little afraid to reread it for fear that I won't still love it. I did try to, umm, not exactly "force" my son to read it, but he only read a few pages and said it was boring. Was he too old? Too young? Just being stubborn? Gahhhh!


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Dan Schwent I also didn't read this as a kid and don't really have any desire to now even though I would have loved it back in the day. I learned my lesson by trying to read Narnia for the first time as a thirty-something curmudgeon.


message 4: by Jason (last edited Sep 19, 2014 08:53AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jason Koivu Thanks to Nandakishore and Tish for your comments! Sorry I missed them until now!


Jason Koivu Dan wrote: "I also didn't read this as a kid and don't really have any desire to now even though I would have loved it back in the day. I learned my lesson by trying to read Narnia for the first time as a thi..."

Yeah, I'm afraid to touch the Narnia books now. I definitely missed out on that one.


Cherie Tish - I am in the same boat as you are! Just reading the title brings back that feeling of enjoyment (love) we feel over this book. Maybe it was a simpler time for us when we read it, and the fantasy was so much easier to grasp. The kids and adults today have too much video and digital experience to embrace it like we did. It is the only thing I can think of. I have not reread it. I have reread many of my childhood favorites and though I felt the same sense of nostalgia over characters and story lines, I could also see many short comings in the text and plots in some cases. It is never the same as reading or rereading them as the kids we were then.

And Jason - that blank - I felt or experienced it then, but I simply thought it was up to me to fill it in. It is called imagination!!! There was no expectation that something was missing. It was my own mind's eye that supplied the details.


Jason Koivu Cherie wrote: "And Jason - that blank - I felt or experienced it then, but I simply thought it was up to me to fill it in. It is called imagination!!! There was no expectation that something was missing. It was my own mind's eye that supplied the details..."

I guess you're just smarter and more imaginative than me. Well done you!


Cherie Jason wrote: "I guess you're just smarter and more imaginative than me. Well done you!..."

Probably easier when we were kids, that's all. The bar for adult and young readers today is much higher now. My 11 year old grand daughter won't touch AWiT. She just finished The Giver and The Fault in Our Stars.


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Anthony Vacca I just said, "It was nice," and that's the story of how I managed to stay married.

Looks like I have a long line of divorces to look forward to.


Jason Koivu Anthony wrote: "I just said, "It was nice," and that's the story of how I managed to stay married.

Looks like I have a long line of divorces to look forward to."


But you'll always be married to your integrity!


LeighAnn And that’s the story of how I managed to stay married. LMAO best thing I’ve read in a long time.


Jason Koivu LeighAnn wrote: "And that’s the story of how I managed to stay married. LMAO best thing I’ve read in a long time."

:)


message 13: by Jessaka (new)

Jessaka You see a blank page, i see a tree with big red apples on it. Just give me a brown, green and yellow crayons and i will show you.


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