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Fabulous Sep 20, AM. So 41 of my goodreads friends have read A Wrinkle in Time , but I never picked up the book until these past few weeks. Oh well. 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.
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I wanted the novel to get me through the grueling twelve hour journey whoo, flight delays and pre-dawn connecting flights! What makes this book so good? 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.
View all 74 comments. View all 11 comments. The story takes about 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 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. 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 got ticked off at everyone for everything.
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Then there might have been an indication that Charles Wallace was going to be a player, but he fizzled. 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. 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. View all 68 comments. Am I the first living 64 year old who had never read this book- until now - March, Random Thoughts I was more surprised that Meg, 13 years old, had three other siblings 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? I bought a used copy at my recycle bookstore for a dollar. I'm glad I didn't miss this gem!!! I loved the characteristics of the kids and adults What creative names for characters: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. 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".
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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 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. 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?
The planet is being controlled by an evil brain and with powerful telepathic abilities- called "IT". 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. I was exhausted by the end I HATE that felt like crying in this children's book!
I hate all you people who told me it's a must read I love believing there is GOOD in the world.. Thank you! View all 72 comments. Mar 05, Anne rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fi , favorites , middle-grade-reader. Anybody else read it with this cover? I did. 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? 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 One of the things that helps it age so decently is that L'Engle didn't have much in it that could age it.
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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! 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, 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?
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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 Recommended On the following day, Meg accompanies her little brother to Mrs. Reaching for A Wrinkle in Time lends itself to high expectations. But, as a first-time reader diving in with expectations fanned by the flames of so much praise, disappointment, it seems, was inevitable. It opens with atmospheric writing that later gives way to fanciful descriptions.
Better still, young Meg is awkward and unattractive. Her looks having been traded for smarts — particularly in mathematics an intelligence that likely trickles down from her scientist father and mother. Above all else, the fundamental messages of A Wrinkle in Time are lovely: light must battle dark to keep it at bay; moments of sorrow are what sweeten happiness; individuality and free will are priceless; and love is power.