A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time 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 s

  • Title: A Wrinkle in Time
  • Author: Madeleine L'Engle
  • ISBN: 9780374386139
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 oIt 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 on my way Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract A tesseract in case the reader doesn t know is a wrinkle in time To tell would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L Engle s unusual book A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newberry Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O Keefe athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school They are in search of Meg s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. So 41 of my 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 me [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. Am I the first living 64 year old who had never read this book- until now - March, 2017. that is? Random Thoughts I was surprised to discover this story was about a little GIRL --not a WIZARD. I was more surprised that Meg, 13 years old, had three other siblings two twin brothers, Sandy and Dennys, and a younger brother, Charles Wallace Murray, who is a child prodigywith parents who were scientist. THERE IS A REAL FAMILY -WITH REAL PEOPLE in this book! NOT SURE WHY THIS SURPRISED ME! I'm thinkin [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. [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 [...]

    8. Thirteen-year-old Meg Murry’s house is visited, on a “dark and stormy night” by a mysterious stranger named Mrs. Whatsit who says, “Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.” Tesseract refers to confidential scientific work Meg’s father conducted for the government before he went missing several years prior. On the following day, Meg accompanies her little brother to Mrs. Whatsit’s house and finds herself unexpectedly swept away on an intergalactic adventu [...]

    9. “It was a dark and stormy night” Okay, I haven’t read A Wrinkle in Time since fifth grade, so I was kind of nervous going into this. Yet, I was very pleasantly surprised, and I’m even more excited to see the new movie adaptation in March! I mean, this reads a little “old” and “simple” but it was still such a delight to read. I will say that I didn’t remember any of the religious/spiritual aspects that were woven in, so apparently fifth grade Melanie, who went to a Catholic scho [...]

    10. What can I say about a book that is hailed as one of the greatest pieces of fiction of all time? Nothing. I really can't. I will not disrespect this book by saying anything negative about it. I think my opinions about this book may have changed over the years, but that by no means makes this a poor read. Instead of being critical about the book, I am going to celebrate it with some of my favorite quotes from this book:“Like and equal are not the same thing at all.” (No wonder this book is co [...]

    11. 5+++++ Stars!!!! “A Wrinkle in Time”. How can I never have read this before??! Have I been living under a rock my entire life? This was utterly DELIGHTFUL, Amazing, Funny, Scary, Brilliant & Crazy Bold. In short, I loved it. Ok, and I admit, I didn’t read it. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Hope Davis - and she was amazing. That being said, thank you Madeiline L’Engle, - “A Wrinkle in TIme” was mystical, magical and nothing short of fantastical. Thirteen year-old Meg Mur [...]

    12. I just finished reading this for the first time since, maybe college? Twelve year old Meg Murry, her precocious five year old brother Charles Wallace, and their new friend Calvin meet some highly odd beings who call themselves Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. This strange, quirky trio sweeps the children away on an interstellar quest to find and rescue Meg and Charles Wallace's missing father. They fold space and time through tesseracts (the "wrinkle" in time and space) and battle the dark [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. It was a dark and stormy nightYes, the book starts with the quoted sentence. The Murry family was sitting home when a bizarre and unexpected stranger came in. At this point some words need to be said about the members of the family. Both father and mother were scientific geniuses working on a secret project. The father disappeared one day never to be heard from again. Their daughter and the heroine of the story is Meg, a genius and misunderstood by her schoolmates and teachers (to be fair her be [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. 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 a [...]

    17. Okay, the film's an *April 2018* release but principle photography is over at least.Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 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, [...]

    18. We all want to fit in somehow. We also want to be ourselves and thus stand out a little bit, but basically we don't want to deviate too much because it's usually considered bad by others (funny, considering that we're pretty much all feeling the same way so we should just let the others be) and especially children often have a hard time when not fitting in with their peers. Thus, being different can be risky.Meg is a girl that doesn't fit in. Her parents are multiple PhDs and have taught her and [...]

    19. "But why me?" asked Madeleine. "Do I have to do it?""You must," said Mrs Whatsit. "Your world is in grave danger. Very, very grave danger. You have to warn them.""But I don't know how!" exclaimed Madeleine angrily. "What is this danger? How am I going to explain it? It's impossible!""Certum est quia impossibile est," said Mrs Who. "It is certain, because it is impossible. Latin. Tertullian.""Wwe wwill hhelp yyou," interrupted Mrs Which. "Iff onlyy yyou ddidn't iinsist on uusing wwords""You see!" [...]

    20. 3.5 StarsAnthem by Ayn Rand is one of my favorite books, and I feel like this is the perfect kid-friendly version of that. I've been going back and reading a lot of children's classics I neglected to read as a kid, and I think they're fascinating. I see how they appeal to young readers, and I can predict how much I would have loved it as a kid, but I also catch really deep themes and allusions that I know I never would have understood as a child. This book makes so many Shakespeare references an [...]

    21. I reread a childhood favorite in one night. Who can forget the cozy Murry kitchen, the way science and religion are valued equally, tesseracts and planet adventures. If a book can be a warm blanket, this is mine.When I as young, I loved Meg because I felt as awkward as her, and also as unable to grasp a boy ever liking me the way Calvin just does. But I also had those weird insights in ways not quite as dramatic as Charles Wallace, so I was all of those kids. And my Dad worked all the time, mayb [...]

    22. "Sweet dreams are made of thisWho am I to disagree?I travel the worldAnd the seven seas,Everybody's looking for something."EurythmicsYou have plenty of time to put this book in your reading queue before the movie release in March of 2018 starring Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon. Create some synergy by reading the book and then watching the movie. Check out the trailer. A Wrinkle in Time 2018 Movie TrailerIf you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit jeffreykeetenI also [...]

    23. 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 con [...]

    24. So this story actually begins with "It was a dark and stormy night". Awesome!I love everything about this book ─ I love that the dialogue is old-fashioned, having been written in 1960 by a woman who was born in 1918; I love that biblical scripture was woven seamlessly throughout a story that relied upon quantum mechanics as it relates to time travel; I love that it deals with good versus evil and explains it as light versus dark in a simplistic fashion that makes it clear to children; I love t [...]

    25. How could this book never make my radar before now?!! If it were not for the upcoming movie, I do not think I would have sought the book out. It is unbelievable that such a profound piece of literature was never brought to my attention, especially when I was younger. A Wrinkle in Time is a simple and beautiful story of love, faith and strength woven into a tale of science and fantasy. There is no doubt that Madeleine L'Engle was deserving of receiving the Newberry Medal in 1963. Even by today's [...]

    26. 4.5 stars!! “Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.”This was my favorite book as a child, in fact I devoured the entire quintet throughout my tween awkward years. I remembered I had loved the book, but aside from a few random details, I found I barely remembered what happened. In fact, I read it so long ago, this was my copy:Okay, so I’m not THAT old, my mom just bought a lot of books from [...]

    27. 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 reviewand 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 [...]

    28. I asked my Reading May Experience class to revisit a childhood favorite, and when I decided to play along, this book is the one I couldn't get out of my head. The trouble is, I had not reread the book as an adult. I was terrified it wouldn't hold up, that I would be disappointed, but I did not need to worry so much. Going back to a book I read so many times as a child was like walking into my childhood home or singing Christmas carols - they're so ingrained, so familiar, I can see all the parts [...]

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