I really enjoyed this book! I liked that it explained how everyone is different! I also liked that it talks about playing to your flaws!
An interesting books which must have been way ahead of its time. Children employ a tesseract, a wrinkle in time, to move between planets to rescue their father who is held prisoner by a warped, evil intelligence. There are enough "good Guys" and "Bad guys" to make it interesting; I wish the author had not brought in religion as it was quite unnecessary. The ultimate climax is as expected but fitting in a children's story.
Thank you, Meg, for reminding me of how to use my flaws; when I read this book as a child, and again now that I'm grown.
A decent story line had the book on track to be around a 8.5/10 and a Would Recommend if Interested, but one of the most cliche final battles of all time bombed the book down to a Would Not Recommend and a 7/10
I say these words with the anticipation of backlash from people who love this classic- but I really didn't enjoy this book (to put it nicely).
What I did like about this book (and what kept me going) were a few things. I liked that Meg, our protagonist, is a girl who likes math and science. I also liked the very rich language from Madeleine L'Engle, she definitely had a knack for it and she wasn't afraid to put big, lush words in a children's book.
Now what I didn't care for were the heavy-handed, super-obvious nods towards Christianity, etc. I didn't mind so much the whole "battle of good vs evil" (let's be real that's how just about every book works) but I think this was just too much. And Meg was annoying! If she wasn't complaining or being a spazz her brother was the one calming her down. It definitely put a damper on her getting the chance to be this strong, female lead.
Really I'd rate it 1 star cause I truly didn't like it, but I gave it a kudos star for L'Engle's writing which made up for it.
Glad I've crossed a classic off my list- but it was painful.
Nice kid's story. Full of imagination, courage and independence of spirit. I can see why Disney has taken it on as a movie. It seems like a perfect platform for them. Also - it's interesting how Disney is departing from the 1962 story by embracing diversity. I hallucinate that adaptation is very much in keeping with the worldview of the author if she were writing the story today. :-)
It was really boring for me. It didn't really hook me at the beginning, as it was mostly just talk and no action.
Children employ a tesseract, a wrinkle in time, to move between planets to rescue their father who is held prisoner by a warped, evil intelligence.
Average stuff, really. I don't get why it's become a cult favourite, much less a movie.
It is always interesting to select a title that 1. Was written many years ago and 2. targets a younger audience. Thinking back to when the book was written and what was happening in the world the subject matter was very forward thinking. The majority of our group felt that a child would love the book and probably would not be so worried about trying to "analyze" everything and figure out what it all means but would simply enjoy the adventure.
If you enjoyed the movie, but never read the book you really should give it a try.
I read this for the "a book that has been made into a movie" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I never read this book when I was younger, and I feel like I would have enjoyed it a lot more then. I was a bit let down, I felt that the plot was too quick and lacked substance, and it all seemed too easy.
I never read this book as a child. After having now read it to my child, I see what I missed. Reading this book together was enjoyable for us both.
This book is one of those perfect books that you can read over and over and over again and still enjoy it.
The child me read this too many times and loved it too much to offer a significant critique.
I haven't read this since I was a kid and I am glad that I didn't remember a lot of it so it felt essentially like the first time. There's a bit of datedness here but the whole adventure to save a parent, weird and wonderful worlds and beings, and coming into yourself was wonderful
I read this book when it first came out and really enjoyed it. When I heard about a movie being made, I thought it would be fun to read the book again to see if I still liked it 55 years later. I did like it still! I hadn’t remembered all of the spiritual & scientific references it contained. I suppose in grade school that didn’t seem so unusual. It does now. This edition included a few pages about the author that were written by her granddaughter. That was a really nice addition to the novel.
I really enjoyed the explanation of physics and time and space, I did also enjoy the christian overtones and can see why this would be considered a banned book, but I wouldn't restrict people from reading this. It involves science, psychology, and some religion commentary and content. I really loved AUNT BEAST!!! I hope Aunt Beast is in the Disney movie, I am already disappointed that the Happy Medium character is bunched up and not as described also it seems the movie version changes Meg's character to make her be the opposite of what the book describes in her schooling. I hope Charles Wallace is not changed. I think Disney took on this book because we're in the 21st century, STEM and scifi as well as fantasy are the subjects of most interest with successes of shows like Stranger Things and The Big Bang Theory interest in science and fantasy is the new trend.
So glad that I read this one before the movie comes out! I'm surprised that I never read this growing up. I can see that it must have been ground breaking thinking at the time, and I'm so glad to have read the 50th anniversary edition that had pictures of the author, a long letter from the granddaughter and other memorabilia.
So I hesitate to review this because it is at once quite a simple book and not a all simple. It is, in one way, a theological treatise on the first chapter of Corinthians told in narrative form. If you don't get that part, you'll miss the profundity of L'Engle's work. In another, it's s simple coming of age story of a young girl, told in a science-fiction/fantasy way.
You read it and you end up smiling, smiling because our faults are often some of our greatest assets, because ultimately, we have something that fascism cannot have, that we are surrounded by more help than we imagine, and that all of us have abilities we cannot imagine, if we lead with what matters most.
I think I want to read this again and again. I can't wait until my son is old enough for me to read it to him.
Its, seems like everyone has read this when they were in school. Some how I never did. I decided to read it has an adult because everyone has read it and the movie is coming out. I did not enjoy it. It was boring and the characters were not well developed. When it was published I am sure it was a good book, but now there are many fantasy books with a women protagonists that are better.
Meg Murry's father has been missing for years and, although she and her family are confident he'll return to them -- the nature of his work is merely secret and mysterious -- it isn't easy when the townspeople are whispering and speculating about her family behind their backs. After a peculiar meeting with Mrs. Whatsit, a decidedly odd woman, suddenly Meg, her little brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin are whisked into a remarkable adventure across space and time in an effort to rescue her father.
Has 'A Wrinkle in Time' aged well? I'm not sure. At the time it was published it was undoubtedly considered groundbreaking: science fiction authored by a woman, with a female protagonist, winning the 1963 Newbery Medal, and remaining on countless schools' required reading lists in the decades since. I somehow missed it in my youth; reading it for the first time as an adult, without considering it contextually in its time, I just wasn't dazzled.