I’m back again with yet another book review and this is one that I had to share with you. You know how Hollywood has completely run out of really original ideas and yet is still happen to make incredible movies, some of which include books from your childhood? Yes, this is one of those books. Unfortunately though since I was too busy as a young child reading Baby-Sitters Club, Paddington Bear and other fluffy books that haven’t quite stood the test of time, I had to read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle now. You can stop criticizing now because at least I’m reading this part before the movie comes out in March and I also plan to read the rest of the main series in the coming year.
For those who haven’t read A Wrinkle in Time before here’s a quick run down. This 1962 novel written by Madeline L’Engle became a 1963 Newbery Award Winner that brought science and fantasy together. The book starts out in the most generic way possible “It was a dark and stormy night” (Did anyone else think of Snoppy sitting on his house attempting to write his novel?” It continues on to where you meet the Murray family first beginning with Margaret, who is very attached to her father, who is mostly referred to as Mr. Murray thoughout the book. Her father has been gone for nearly a year and her mother won’t tell her where he is. Her closest sibling is her youngest brother, Charles Wallace, who was only an infant when her father disappeared. Charles Wallace also has an uncanny knack for figuring out Margaret and consoling her. Charles Wallace and Margaret venture off from their house one day to meet their neighbor Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Who all of whom tell the duo that they have found their father. The strange trio ask an acquaintance of Margaret’s to join them on this journey, it is with that the siblings and the acquaintance journey to rescue Mr. Murray.
I honestly can’t tell you much more than that because some of the science is a bit confusing to me. You’ll get the gist when you read the book though. Overall, I loved the book with its crazy understanding of science brought down to a more human level and the fantasy part also intrigued my imagination. I can’t wait to see the movie and if you need more convincing the trailer is below. I wanted to include one last note , my movie edition of A Wrinkle in Time included words from the director. Here’s something that I wanted to quote:
A Wrinkle in Time offers a glimpse of eternity. In A Ring of Endless Light, Ms. L’Engle quoted the seventeenth century poet Henry Vaughn: “I saw eternity the other night, like a great ring of pure and endless light, all calm as it was bright, and round beneath it, Time, in hours, days, years, driven by the spheres.” This glimpse of eternity’s endless light is what we know as hope and joy and love . Small words for some of the most powerful forces in the universe. Forces that connect us to the spaces between the stars. And to the best part of ourselves.
I will be back soon with more posts. If you have read A Wrinkle in Time or any of Madeline L’Engle’s other books let me know what you thought.