Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1962)

Meg and her brother Charles Wallace have been waiting a long time for their father to return home. Instead, they are visited by three strange women named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs Where, who whisk them away (along with their friend Calvin) on a tesseract to the far-away planet of Camazotz so they can try to save their father from the Dark Thing. 

I hadn't revisited this story since I was very young, and it was a fun adventure with likable characters. L'Engle has created  interesting worlds and strange characters, though Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin are very relatable kids who experience all the strangeness along with the reader. I still don't exactly understand the tesseract; the explanation of the fifth dimension was hard for me to visualize (and I was never good at science) but luckily it's not integral to following the story.

The only part I didn't like (aside from the numerous religious references peppered throughout) was the really lame simplistic ending. I hate to complain about something being simplistic in a children's book, but I was rather disappointed at the end. I'm sure as a child I found it a revolutionary idea that what defeated the the enemy was love, but as an adult it's hard to swallow. (And sorry for the spoiler - I assume everyone has either read the book or isn't interested.)

There are four more books in the series, and I have no specific plans to read them soon, but eventually I may want to visit again with Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace and see what they're up to.


Icy Daylight said...

It's Mrs. Which! Also, the related books don't exactly continue the story - I really liked Many Waters, which featured the twins, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

3goodrats said...

Whoops! I knew that :) I'm glad to hear it's not a straight continuation, as I'm less likely to read a follow-up later if I'm worried about having to remember the previous storyline.