A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Publisher: Square Fish
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?
Bring out the pitchforks everyone! I’m probably going to catch grief for this review. I know this is a beloved children’s classic but I just didn’t think it was anything great. I liked the first few chapters and thought I was really going to enjoy it, but then it went downhill for me from there.
This book just felt like it drug on for me. I didn’t really love any of the characters, I felt like they were flat and boring. The pace of the story was painfully slow and I had a really hard time getting into the settings that were not on Earth. It just wasn’t for me unfortunately. I really wanted to love it. One of the problems may have been that my first time reading it was as an adult. Things may have been different if I first read it as a child.
I have the rest of the books but I don’t think I will be continuing with the series. The movie is coming out shortly though and I may give that a shot and see if I like it anymore than the book. It will also be interesting to see what the kids think of it.
Did you read this book as a child or an adult? Did you like it or not?