Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet), A

Madeleine L'Engle
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger."Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.


Reviewed: 2018-07-24

I love how simple and direct this story is. I remember reading it long ago and not understanding it. But when I watched the older movie, I realized that was because I was too much like Meg and had to learn a lot of what she learns on my own first. I have loved that old movie for years and just now got around to re-reading the book.

Reviewed: 2018-06-18

Reflection: It must seem odd to some that I had never read this book as a child, but here we are. Books written for children with love as their central theme are dime-a-dozen, but this one still managed to tear at my adult mind. I felt close to and understood the perspectives of each of the three main child characters. They each did well to show feelings from different sides of a problem and I love them for it. Though the story’s focus is on the children and their battles, they were not the most prominent character in my thoughts while I was reading. What stood out so clearly, so starkly against the contrast of childhood, was the mother’s pain. Had I read this as a kid, or even though a kid lens, I probably would not have been so keenly aware of her. She is strong and stoic and crumbling from the inside out. While her focus in on her work and children, a part of her is completely missing, gone to where? She surely doesn’t know, but the neighbors talk. I super recommend this book, though there are some rather flat characters, it is the complete personhood of so many that makes me want to finish the series.

Reviewed: 2018-05-06

I remember that I read this book with I was in the 5th grade eons ago.  When I found myself rereading it, I discovered I had forgotten most (if not all) of the plot and only remembered that the cover had a bad-ass looking winged-centaur looking creature.  Rereading it made me wish that I had remember more of the book because the overall messages is lovely and truly important:

- Being different is OK.

- Find love in your own faults.

- And the most famous one, LOVE conquers all!

I may fit the rest of the quintet of this series into my reading schedule, when time allows.


This book was read in preparation for the first meeting of Books & Brews  club.

Reviewed: 2014-08-10
Reread this today. I had already given it five stars based on the memory of loving it when I was a child. I'll let the five stars stand, but I am a little conflicted. There is a lot going on here. It's kinda classical philosophyish/new-agey and clearly Christian-oriented at the same time. And it's chock-full of literary devices I can see for what they are now that I am old (not a bad thing to be full of, it's just interesting to recognize them now.)

I am eager to talk to my friend Barb about this book, given that she loved it enough to name her daughter Meg. To my mind, at least in this first book, Meg Murray is not nearly as interesting a character as her real life namesake has become. I do like book-Meg, but I am curious about the fact that she made such an impression. All my life as I remembered loving this series of books, I completely forgot all about Meg and mostly just remembered Charles Wallace and, even more-so, the Mrs. Trio.

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