A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L’Engle

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A WRINKLE IN TIME | Madeleine L’Engle
Kindle edition | YA | Fantasy | 228 pages
First published in 1962

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 be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space? – GOODREADS

A Wrinkle In Time is one of those classics that always seems to pop up in book discussions but it’s one I had never read, nor considered reading. So, with the release of movie in early 2018 and its brilliant looking trailer, my interest was piqued. I decided to buy the book and read it with the intention of also seeing the movie. Looking back, it was the movie hype alone (and Oprah) that had made me decide to read the book.

To cut it down to the basics, A Wrinkle In Time is the story of a girl, Meg, her friend Calvin, and her brother Charles Wallace, in a search for her long lost father. As the plot evolves we find that he was playing with time and had disappeared into its depths. Enter some magical ladies who want to help them find him and we are off on a journey to strange places with mysterious characters.

The book was written many years ago and it does have that certain charm and innocence compared to today’s books. But this book actually left me flat. I didn’t remotely identify with the characters nor did I really care about their success. From early on, I found myself wanting it to end. But I kept reading, thinking that I must be missing something about a book that has hooked so many dedicated fans over many years. That was the main thing that kept me reading – the promise that it was so loved that there must be something amazing on the way. Unfortunately, for me, it didn’t arrive.

I really didn’t enjoy this at all and was relieved when it finally ended. So, I guess that also rules the movie out of my ‘to watch’ list.

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