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review 2017-01-16 00:00
A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)
A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1) - Madeleine L'Engle I enjoyed this, but like many middle-grade books I've read as an adult, I think I would appreciated it more as a middle schooler. There were several aspects of the world not really adequately explained. (I mean why can't the Mrs. Ws go with them to fight IT?? They never give a reason.) Also, the ending was incredibly rushed and rather simplistic.

Also not related to the book itself, but after reading this, I'm really worried about good the movie will be. Reese Witherspoon does not match my mental picture of Mrs. Whatsit at all. Also Chris Pine as Mr. Murry?? He's supposed to a nerdy scientist who's been trapped in prison for who knows how long--not a buff, attractive dude. Also, because it's Hollywood, they'll probably get rid of all the Christian references, which will weaken the story. I'll be try to be positive about the movie, but my comparison of the book vs. casting is not hopeful.
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review 2016-10-22 19:36
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (SWE/ENG)
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

SWEDISH REVIEW

 

Det är en mörk och stormig natt. Tonåriga Meg Murry sitter i sitt rum på vinden, lyssnar på blåsten som river i huset och funderar för sig själv. Hon vantrivs med sin kropp och sitt utseende. I skolan är det mesta jobbigt och krångligt. Och hennes pappa, vetenskapsmannen, har försvunnit efter att ha jobbat med ett mystiskt experiment på uppdrag av regeringen.

Men det är inte bara Meg som är vaken den här natten. Mamma och lillebror Charles Wallace är också uppe, för den mystiska tanten Fru Vadå har kommit på besök och slagit sig ner i deras kök – och hon verkar veta en hel del både om vart Megs pappa kan ha tagit vägen, och om hur de ska kunna få tillbaka honom.

Den vindlande, spännande och banbrytande Ett veck i tiden är en av 1900-talets stora ungdomsboksklassiker.

MADELEINE L'ENGLE [1918-2007] är en amerikansk författare mest känd för sina ungdomsromaner. Hon var långt före sin tid när hennes klassiska science fiction-roman Ett veck i tidenpublicerades 1962. Boken blev en enorm succé internationellt, inte minst för att den hade en kvinnlig huvudperson.
 
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Jag såg filmen A Wrinkle in Time för en hel del år sedan, men jag kan inte säga att jag minns så mycket av den. Jag var nyfiken på den eftersom den klassas som en ungdsomklassiker. Men jag måste erkänna att jag har svårt att se storheten med den, det kan vara så att den på 60-talet gjorde stort intryck på läsarna, men för mig kändes berättelsen lite fattig, den saknar ett djup.  
 
Själva idén med boken, att böja verkligheten, att "tessra", och kampen mot mörkret var intressant, men jag fängslades aldrig riktigt av berättelsen. Visst, det fanns intressant ögonblick i boken, men helhetsintrycket kunde ha varit bättre. Mitt största problem trots den intressanta starten var att jag inte fann något vidare flyt i berättelsen och det betydde att det tog 3 dagar för mig att läsa klart boken, trots att den var rätt tunn. Tursamt nog så var Fru Vadå, Fru Vem och Fru Vilken i boken intressanta, och de gjorde boken läsvärd.

Jag gillade böja tiden idén, och om bara berättelsen hade haft en större djup, och om barn karaktärerna hade varit mer intressanta och minnesvärda så hade nog jag gillat boken mer.
Tack till Modernista för recensionsexemplaret!


ENGLISH REVIEW

It was a dark and stormy night.

Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure - one that will threaten their lives and our universe.

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I saw the movie A Wrinkle in Time for a lot of years ago, but I cannot say I remember much of it. But, I had never read the book, so I was curious to see how it would turn out since it's a classic. I must admit after reading A Wrinkle in Time that I find it difficult to see the grandeur of it, it may be that in the 60s it made a big impression, but for me, the story felt a bit poor, it lacks depth.

I liked the idea of the book, the bending of reality (Tesseract), and the fight against the darkness was interesting. But, I felt that the story never really grabbed hold of me, there were interesting moments, but overall it just didn't turn out to be as good as I had hoped it would. My biggest problem despite the interesting start was that I found no fluency in the story, and it meant that it took three days for me to finish reading the book, even though it was pretty thin. Fortunately, I liked Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit and they made the in the book interesting and worth reading.
But, still the idea of the book was interesting, I liked the idea of bending time, and if only the story would have had a greater depth and the children hade been more developed and memorable, then it would have been really interesting to read.

Thanks to Modernista for the review copy!
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text 2016-09-27 22:00
Started reading this
Witches: Wicked, Wild & Wonderful - Delia Sherman, Andre Norton,Neil Gaiman,Leah Bobet,Nancy Holder,Tanith Lee,Cory Skerry,Silvia Moreno-Garcia,T.A. Pratt,Linda Robertson,Paula Guran,Elizabeth Bear,Margo Lanagan,Ellen Klages,Cynthia Ward,Kelly Link,Richard Parks,Leslie What,Theodora Goss,Me

Loved the first story, enjoying the second. 

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text 2016-08-27 15:04
JOINT POST: OBD & MR talk about Dark and Stormy Nights
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Helen Ruth Elizabeth Ware
A Wrinkle in Time (The Time Quintet #1) - Madeleine L'Engle,Anna Quindlen
Hangsaman - Shirley Jackson,Francine Prose
The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle,Anne Perry

Today's topic is "it was a dark and stormy night," which strangely ended up being one of the more difficult squares to fill!

 

 

OBSIDIAN BLACK DEATH

 

Oh this was tough. Who knew that we would have to bang our heads repeatedly to get "it was a dark and stormy night." I actually like this square because it took me a lot of digging to find some books that fit this square.

1. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I chose this book to complete this square. The main plot of this book reminds me a bit of "Death on the Nile" by Agatha Christie. The book synopsis says: "In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard." I hope that we get a dark and stormy night. It sounds like it. If not, I am swapping it out for another book though.

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. I personally love this book. It definitely hits on some other squares too such as "Set in New England" and I would even push this one towards the "Magical Realism" square too though it is mostly counted as science fiction.

3. Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook. This meets a lot of squares. It takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, there is reference to the Salem Witch trials, the final climax of the book takes place during a dark and stormy night. In fact I think there were a couple. I read this book when I was a teen and really enjoyed it.

 

MOONLIGHT MURDER

 

1. Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson. So, I've talked a lot about We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House, but I want to mention Hangsaman here. This is a very different sort of a book - it is shelved on GR as horror and gothic. There is a section in the book where the main character ends up wandering around a forest at night, which I remember as also being in the middle of a storm, although maybe it was just a storm inside of her own head! Anyway, I think it would qualify!

 

2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. There are whole sections of this book that take place during dark and stormy nights, most particularly the ghostly appearance of Catherine at the window of the narrator. In my head, I pretty much set all Victorian era gothics in the middle of dark and stormy nights any way!

 

3. A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth Bunce. I actually just re-read this book. It is a very well done retelling of Rumplestiltskin, and the climax of the book - the reckoning, so to speak - happens during one wild, storm-ridden night.

 

I'm planning on reading The Hounds of the Baskervilles for this box, because I vaguely remember that there's an event that happens during a stormy night on the moors. If it turns out I'm wrong about that, I'll find something else to read!

 

Other posts in the series:

 

Magical Realism

Supernatural

Locked Room Mystery

Mystery

Diverse Authors

Fall Into A Good Book

 

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review 2016-08-17 03:11
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

This was on my kids summer reading list for 7th grade so I thought I would read it.

 

I don't think much of "A Wrinkle in Time". A good start and a rushed ending. No character development. Even one my daughters was unimpressed.

 

I am sorry if I'm stepping on the toes of some of you with fond childhood memories of this story but this is an incredibly juvenile story. Third grade at best.

 

If you're a middle school teacher I would suggest dumping this and looking very hard at "The Ocean at the End of Lane" by Neil Gaiman. Both of my 'middle-schoolers' really liked "Ocean" and read it in the 5th grade.

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