A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Published by Square Fish in May 2007 (originally published 1962)
Genre(s): fiction, adventure, classics, fantasy, middle grade, science fiction
Format & Length: paperback, 247
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Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
A Wrinkle in Time is a classic story that has enough layers to work for both children and adults. On one level, it’s a fun adventure story through space and time, but then it also explores more complex themes of love and belief.
“You’re much too straightforward to be able to pretend to be what you aren’t.”
The book was an enjoyable, quick read. The plot was intriguing with well thought out characters – I found Meg in particular to be especially relatable. My biggest issue with the book was the pacing. It was somewhat inconsistent, starting out slowly before picking up, lagging in the middle and then wrapping up in a rush at the end. I got the impression that the author realized she was running out of pages and just decided to quickly bring things to a close.
That being said, I still thought the book was better than the recent movie adaptation. I realize that with any adaptation changes are made to make the story work in a different medium. But this movie removed the central theme of faith and every Christian reference from the book, reducing it down to a generic conflict between light and evil. In the effort to appeal to a wider audience, a part of the story was lost, weakening the message and making it feel even longer, slower, and more confusing.
Ultimately, I think A Wrinkle in Time is worth checking out, but I’d definitely recommend the book over the movie.