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It was a dark and stormy nightOut of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure one that will threaten their lives and our universeWinner of theNewbery Medal, A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in Madeleine L Engle s classic Time Quintet


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  1. Paige Paige says:

    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 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 and WILL find, I m sure my review to be judgmental, harsh and undiplomatic a review IS a critique, right to the point of insulting, I thought I d do a little research, look over the book again, think about it someSo I ve edited this review But I find I just can t retract my statements They are my opinion, that s all, and I haven t changed my mind I can only try to be open minded, be honest, and try to explain my thoughts feelingsclearly Otherwise, I d be a simpering fake.Like C.S Lewis books especially the last of his Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle , A Wrinkle In Time has strong, heavy handed, I think , overtones of Christian doctrine I m not anti spiritual, but I have a personal discomfort with this kind of religious doctrine You many not, and that s fine Butthan that issue, the book is an odd combination of intelligent hard science, interesting quantum science that is brushed over, and quotes from the bible At least there are a few respectful mentions of other spiritual leaders from other cultures, and moral messages from classic literature and philosophers I understand this combination garnered criticism from both religious fundamentalists as well as atheists and secular society L Engle has earned my respect for taking on the difficult and controversial marriage of science and religion She has also earned my criticism for raising this issue and then failing to really grapple with it It s treated lightly, as though it s a natural thing that should be easy to accept, in spite of the many holes and inconsistencies in her story I wouldn t even mind, except that this book takes itself SO seriously It s easy to imagine that a school teacher might use this book to demonstrate that Evolutionist Theory and Creationism can be combined, but I find science and religion to have a disjointed and uneasy coexistence in this book One is always dropped abruptly for the other Or at least, it seems so to me Ok Now that I have tackled that big one, let s move on I found the characters rather flat, the genius child, the misfit girl, the beautiful, genius, scientist mother who nonetheless stays home and cooks stew in bunsen burners while her husband has adventures The story itself is made up of vague scenarios of conflict of the psyche and spirit, with the entire Universe at stake L Engle s metaphors are obvious and their manifestations flat SPOILER ALERT There is a quest to fight a Darkness oooh that wants to rid us all of individuality free will There are 3 beings who used to be stars before they died in the fight with the Darkness and became something beyond our comprehension They can appear in any form to us, so that we have some way of processing their existence They are, in fact, so beyond anything knowable that I can t feel much for them or say much about them, except that they make a convenient plot device for transporting the characters throughout the Universe and the story Anyway, the Darkness takes over a planet which turns into a kind of sci fi beehive, with brainwashed automatons I found the planet to be delightfully creepy and would have liked to knowabout it, even if it seems suspiciously like a thinly veiled anti communist warning message So guess what s doing the brainwashing a giant, evil, disembodied brain, called IT, who is personally responsible for spreading the Darkness across the Universe Really A brain Doesn t anyone else find this simplistic and cliche The main character defeats this brain by gushing love I am quite sure that many, many readers were moved to tears by Meg s gushing, but I do not happen to be that kind of person Before Meg realizes that she has the power to gush love, the crusaders tesser through time and space no explanation of how the father can do this to a fascinating planet with very interesting aliens who can t see, but have other senses I d have loved to knowabout their society and these mysterious other senses, but again, these ideas aren t very developed.These are the things in this book, and in L Engle s writing that I love As I mentioned, I love her courage in at least attempting a controversial issue like mixing science and spirituality I love that this book has the heart to recognize love as the greatest power, and that it has the wisdom to recognize fear as one of the biggest weapons I love that individuality prevails, and the romantic in me approves of the loving, whole family I love that she has enough respect for children that she included difficult vocabulary and a few difficult concepts Many children are farcapable of handling complex ideas than we give them credit for, especially if we expose them to these things early on I love that L Engle doesn t underestimate them in this way, at least initially, on the surface Since my biggest problems with this book all involve my finding it simplistic, naive, and certain parts of it cliche obvious, I wonder if I need to remind myself that it s meant for children Perhaps children should be idealistic, or even naive, in the way that this book is But then I wonder if that is another way of underestimating them ESPECIALLY since I felt exactly the same way when I read this book as a child Wind In The Willows makes me feel closer to God, or a creative power though there s some gushing in there too, at the end The Jungle Book explores social constructs and morals,deeply and naturally, for me A Sound Of Thunder blew my mind, in grade school, with its butterfly effect theory of the power and responsibility of each individual All of these are childrens books, though they span generations, and time and space,gracefully than tessering did for me I could name so manyBut, if A Wrinkle In Time opened your mind to new ideas, instead of making you feel frustrated by light treatment of them , made you question some latent prejudice, instead of feeling bored by obvious metaphors , lifted your spirits made you cheer for bookish outcasts, instead of feeling that no one is that one dimensional or cry for the love of a big sister little brother, instead of cringing when a version of I love you Charles Wallace appears 19 times in 2 pages , then it is a wonderful book For you


  2. Sara Sara says:

    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 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 looked me in the eyes and, with a genuineness in her tone i can t describe, thanked me i gave her my book to be autographed she signed in it an handed it back to me as i walked away, i read her inscription, which said, with love and a flourish, ananda i admit it i had to look it up to find out what it meant and when i did, my respect for her grew even deeper i won t get into the entire background of the word name here, you can google it yourself ananda means bliss or joy it was so perfect, i nearly cried an amazing book and an amazing woman


  3. RandomAnthony RandomAnthony says:

    So 41 of my goodreads 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 m So 41 of my goodreads 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 through the grueling twelve hour journey whoo, flight delays and pre dawn connecting flights home, and I thank Ms L Engle for the perfect story for early hour near hallucinatory reading in the middle of the Minneapolis International promenade.What makes this book so good First off, A Wrinkle in Time works under the assumption that kids are smart enough either to grasp the nuances of some fairly deep physics or, if they don t get every detail, they ll flow with the storyline anyway One woman I know said, I didn t understand all the science when I was a kid but I still loved it That makes sense to me Hell, I didn t understand all the science now, and I m supposedly a grown up L Engle doesn t just say, And then they traveled time She tries to explain how time travel might workI wonder if so many kids, especially girls, liked this novel because they felt L Engle respected them as intelligent readers.Second, A Wrinkle in Time frames Meg s personality as multi faceted andcomplex than just about any I ve encountered in YA literature In fact, reading this novel I couldn t help but consider her a template on which somemodern coming of age characters think Harry Potter were modeled She s brave but doubts her own strength in an tangible, authentic manner And her relationship with Calvin is sweet without getting all High School Musical Third, the evil in this novel is damn scary and the darkness pure and substantial We re talking elemental, unadulterated evil that manifests itself in the fear and conformity of those who break down in its presence And the characters encounters with this evil feel real The climatic scenes are perhaps slightly too swift but the nuances of the battle fit well with a remarkably philosophical and Christian, but in a positive way resolution of good and evil s conflict If my friends reviews are any indication a lot of smart girls who turned into strong, intelligent women grew up under the spell of A Wrinkle in Time I feel like I know them a little better after reading this novel, and I can see them all, around age ten, turning the book s pages in their rooms, feeling their own strength and potential And that s damn cool, really, don t you think, a whole generation of girls reading A Wrinkle in Time Maybe little girls across America are googling tesseract as we speak


  4. PurplyCookie PurplyCookie says:

    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 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 beginning, she was a believable character, filled with her own problems, and I really wanted for things to work out for her But when she went on her journey, and especially since she got to that dreadful communist planet, she got hysterical She did not say anything for half of the book she yelled, gasped, screamed, cried, etc She got ticked off at everyone for everything.Then there might have been an indication that Charles Wallace was going to be a player, but he fizzled There are constant references to him being special, but we never find out what was so special about him, besides putting a 30 year old into a 4 year old body and calling it genius There was all this build up for the confrontation between him and IT, but nothing happened He looked at the guy, let him in, and became filled with ideas from Lenin himself.Then there are worlds These characters traveled to a planet that was described in three lines with beautiful flowers and a tall mountain Then another planet is not described at all except to say that it was a winter wonderland type of a place The residence of the Happy Medium was another planet where they were conveniently in a cave, and final stop was in a planet that was probably like Earth, except all we know about it is that it had rows of houses and tall buildings There you have it traveled all through the known Universe and have nothing to show for it No imagination to describe and develop a world.Then there are bizarre references to god s that come out of nowhere, or in the oddest places, and disappear into nowhere Characters are underdeveloped scenes are not finished worlds are left to themselves theme is the fear of religious right of the communist left.It s a caricature of evil, done perhaps in the belief that kids won t get it otherwise There s not much in terms of a plot, the worlds described are paper thin, and it shows no historical understanding, no outside knowledge.More of Purplycookie s Reviews Book Details Title A Wrinkle in Time Time 1 Author Madeleine L EngleReviewed By Purplycookie


  5. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    3.5 What a fun weird little story


  6. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    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 wassurprised 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 prodigy..with parents who were scientist THERE IS A REAL FAMILY WITH REAL PEOPLE in this book NOT SURE WHY THIS SUR 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 wassurprised 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 prodigy..with parents who were scientist THERE IS A REAL FAMILY WITH REAL PEOPLE in this book NOT SURE WHY THIS SURPRISED ME..I m thinking HOT DAMN, I might like this story and my daughters might have but as far as I know they missed reading this one too Heck, the first page was great the first sentence was classic great It was a dark and stormy night What child doesn t perk up to hear a story with those first words So.I continue reading remembering that not long ago ELLIE praised this book SO HIGHLY.as her FAVORITE children s book she and I both have passion for the Velveteen Rabbit.that I KNEW I HAD TO FINALLY READ IT I bought a used copy at my recycle bookstore for a dollar THANK YOU ELLIE whewI m glad I didn t miss this gem I loved the characteristics of the kids and adults.each unique in their own ways.What creative names for characters Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Witch charming supernatural neighbors.as well as the lovely Aunt Beast The three W women escort Meg, Charles, and another boy, Calvin O Keefe from Meg s school through the universe by means of SCI FI UNIVERSE TRANSPORTATION tesseract A fifth dimensional phenomenon ET hasn t phoned home yet..on a mission to rescue Meg and Charles father Meg, and the Mrs W s all agree that the mysterious disappearance of the father is very strange and has something to do with the term tesseract After all he is a scientist and was working on a project before his disappearance The Trio W women and children travel through the universe and visit different planets a utopian world with creatures disguised as humans First they bump into evil then they are taken to a woman to look through a crystal ball The children are learning that there is both evil and good in the world They see much darkness through that crystal ball down here on planet earth They also see that artist s, and philosophers, and religious folks are fighting against the evil AT THIS POINT IF I WERE A CHILD I WOULD HAVE QUESTIONS THE CHILD ME WOULD ASK well, my daddy died I was 4 I d want to know if he left me because he got tired of all the fighting on earth and since I ve always wondered since the day he died not knowing what the hell that meant if he was coming back soon and could I go on the mission with Meg and bring my daddy back home too This book might have scared me as a child I would have needed a tender adult reading it with me ON WITH THIS STORY They soon travel to a planet called Camazotz where they find Meg s father trapped The planet is being controlled by an evil brain and with powerful telepathic abilities called IT This story begins to gets MORE SCARY. I would have been on the edge of my seat Note I don t read much science fiction but the children are threatened by the possibility of their minds being controlled through a telepathic takeover Whew. laughing.I was exhausted by the end..OF COURSE IT HAS A HAPPY ENDING I HATE that felt like crying in this children s book I hate all you people who told me it s a must read..because for this girl it WAS I LOVED IT you mean people I love believing there is GOOD in the world so why am I sad A special appreciation to the Goodreads community I might never have read this book without all the the LOVE EXPRESSION for this children s classic Thank you


  7. Federico DN Federico DN says:

    An evil darkness consuming the universe, and three little children determined to stop it.In a little cozy home, in the midst of a lovely gardened area, lives the Murry family A scientist mother, a distant father on a secret mission, two overprotective twins, the little and enigmatic Charles Wallace, and the ever troublesome Meg.A storm presages the dangers to come The Darkness, the evil Black Thing threatens to swallow the Earth and everyone in it, among other worlds and universes already corr An evil darkness consuming the universe, and three little children determined to stop it.In a little cozy home, in the midst of a lovely gardened area, lives the Murry family A scientist mother, a distant father on a secret mission, two overprotective twins, the little and enigmatic Charles Wallace, and the ever troublesome Meg.A storm presages the dangers to come The Darkness, the evil Black Thing threatens to swallow the Earth and everyone in it, among other worlds and universes already corrupted by its malevolent presence Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, a fellow schoolmate, embark on a desperate mission through several worlds to try to find their lost father, and, maybe, just maybe, save a small part of the universe.An enjoyable read, simple, endearing, and weird Not exactly recommendable, but good enough to hold interest The first of five moderately short books Yes, yet, another, series Until next time, Una mal vola oscuridad que consume universos, y tres peque s ni os determinados a detenerla.En una peque a y acogedora casa, en el medio de una area hermsamente cultivada, vive la familia Murry Una madre cient fica, un padre distante en una misi n secreta, dos mellizos sobreprotectores, el peque o y enigm tico Charles Wallace, y la siempre problem tica Meg.Una tormenta es el presagio de peligros por venir La Oscuridad, la Maldad Negra, amenaza con tragarse la Tierra y a todos en ella, entre otros mundos y universos ya corrompidos por su mal vola presencia Meg, Charles Wallace y Calvin, un compa ero de la escuela, se embarcan en una misi n desesperada a trav s de diversos mundos para tratar de encontrar a su padre perdido y, tal vez, s lo tal vez, salvar una peque a parte del universo.Una lectura pasable, simple, tierna, y extra a No exactamente recomendable, pero lo suficientemente buena como para mantener el inter s El primero de cinco libros medianamente cortos S , otra, vez, otra, serie Hasta la pr xima,


  8. Anne Anne says:

    Anybody else read it with this cover I did 1986, I was in 6th grade, and it was assigned to us by our teacher This book changed my world Or at least, my reading world Welcome to sci fi, kid I have no idea how many times I ve read this story, but as a child, I read it so much that this awesome cover eventually fell off So many great memories of these characters, and easily my favorite childhood novel.After doing a re read of it this year, I have to say it holds up pretty well for a book that Anybody else read it with this cover I did 1986, I was in 6th grade, and it was assigned to us by our teacher This book changed my world Or at least, my reading world Welcome to sci fi, kid I have no idea how many times I ve read this story, but as a child, I read it so much that this awesome cover eventually fell off So many great memories of these characters, and easily my favorite childhood novel.After doing a re read of it this year, I have to say it holds up pretty well for a book that was written in 1962 One of the things that helps it age so decently is that L Engle didn t have much in it that could age it No brand names, no popular trends, no references to any politics of the day The only stuff that really let you know you were reading a book written in the 60 s were Calvin saying things like Golly unironically or Charles Wallace being disrespectful by calling his father Popssnickers It s a very simple story that I read in just under 2 hours, but I remember it being complex enough when I was younger I think it hits all the right points for a kid who feels out of place and weird, and didn t we all feel out of place an weird at that age Yes Yes, we did.The only thing I was less excited about this time around were all the religious references, but the book is what it is, and you just kind of have to accept that God is a big theme in this and move on if you want to enjoy it It s not too preachy, so there s that.Will kids today like it I m trying to get mine to read it now, so ask me again in 6 months.But I d been putting off re reading this thing for 20 plus years and was pleasantly surprised that it was still such a charming story.Highly Recommendedfor nostalgia


  9. Michael Michael says:

    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 nove 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 novel must be a wonderful thing, especially for bookish girls And maybe it makes sense that as a boy in the seventies, I missed that entirely Still, rereading as an adult, I found it unbearably heavy handed Hence the two star rating It was okay One of those overrated books the response to which defies explanation Clunky, heavy handed, and as obvious in its way as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe I was only ever able to force myself through this as an adult having been turned off of it by a filmstrip I saw in school , and no doubt this is the sort of novel like the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs that must be first loved as a younger reader Ugh


  10. Madeleine Madeleine says:

    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 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 first time with 30 coming at me like a crazed stalker who won t let a pesky thing like a restraining order stand in the way And that did concern me, especially after half heartedly slogging through the first four books comprising the Narnia Chronicles a few years ago before taking an indefinite break from tackling what should have been another enthusiastically remembered staple of a young reader s diet I was afraid that I d completely missed out on enjoying A Wrinkle in Time, a novel that I have heard praised up and down by so many people as the prime example of how good children s literature can be So I read it like I read as a wee lass who didn t realize that she was poised at the very beginning of what would become a lifelong pursuit of books fueled by an insatiable need to keep reading I read well past my bedtime with one tiny light illuminating the path to somewhere magically transportive, knowing full well that the bookworm gratification far outweighed the inevitability of being a zombie all morning I read it when I should have been doing something else as dictated by responsibility I read to be told a story and to consider ideas I d never come across in the world beyond two covers, sure, but mostly I read to give myself up to a writer s lush landscape, to lose myself in someone else s words I read it to let my imagination run free through a universe I fervently and fruitlessly wished to be a part of And my adult self was just as enchanted as my inner child was Sure, A Wrinkle in Time has its faults but I honestly couldn t tell you what they are because I was so thoroughly entertained, so taken with these characters I couldn t believe I could relate to in a way that was far less remote and removed than I expected which is to say, at all that all the things my nitpicky, pretentious post English major self would usually hone in on paled in comparison to the sheer enjoyment of the rush of letting a book completely suck me into its world to the point where the real world could have collapsed around me and I wouldn t ve either cared or noticed because I was so wrapped up in this story.On one hand, yeah, I do feel a little cheated that so much of what I needed to hear as a kid has lived within these pages all this time and I could have had such imperatives by my side to ease the pains of childhood s harsh but necessary learning experiences had I just shown even a fraction of some interest in this book Among them One s parents are not infallible Weaknesses can become strengths nay, tools integral to besting some truly harrowing obstacles in the right circumstances That sometimes you have to face down scary or unpleasant truths, and you re not excused from looking away or backing down just because the task ahead is either scary or unpleasant It s better to embrace your individuality and not compromise yourself, no matter how uncomfortable you are in your own skin, than to mindlessly submit to the herd mentality and easy conformity Just because something appears strange doesn t make it bad or all that strange at its core, after all What things are is infinitelyimportant than what they look like But conversely This book drenched my ordinary existence with fantasy s magic for a few days, and I m sure it ll stick with me in the days to come My first encounter with this book wasn t a foggily but fondly recalled childhood memory that s destined to be tarnished by the darkening cynicism of the years upon revisits from my older self I got to experience the breathless wonder of a kid discovering an instant favorite for that very first time as an oasis of sheer escapist rapture in the face of a few intense work days and the humdrum nature of routine adulthood And it proved to me that I don t always have to be such a goddamn snob about kid lit because when it s good, it is extraordinary And, really, let s be honest Younger Me wasn t exactly the sharpest crayon in the tool shed, so who s to say I would have picked up on thesubtle elements that made this such a delightful read, anyway Despite my natural inclination toward hyperbole, I am not exaggerating when I say I m a little better for having read this book, one that I initially arrived at out of dubious curiosity and left in a state of giddy, childlike awe And maybe a few tears