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review 2017-06-12 16:04
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

I’m not going to write much of a review for this because other than to say I absolutely loved it, I’ve not got too much to add.


Here’s part of the synopsis, in case you don’t know the story:


Meg's father had been experimenting with the 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?


Essentially it's a story about time travel that unfolds as Meg and her brother Charles Walace (and their friend) go on a search for their father.


Books like this one that are intended for a younger audience and manage to illicit excitement from me are why I love reading. After about the 50% mark this went from 0 to 100. It went from a book that was just okay to amasing. The themes and ideas were so thought provoking, such as good versus evil and the notion that our parents are only human and can’t always fix things.


This book gave me a lot of pause for consideration and I intend to read it again and again over the years.


I read this for the booklikes-opoly square: Read a book where a main character is in STEM, or where the author's first and last name contain all of the letters in "Tesla".


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text 2017-05-25 21:06
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

What a great read. I love how childrens books weave such wonderful themes and lessons into a narrative directed at children. In some ways they convey more than a lot of adult fiction ever does.

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text 2017-05-24 22:04
Reading progress update: I've read 48%.
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

I'm really scared for these children right now and I can't read anymore tonight. I just hope they survive until morning...

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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



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.
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!


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.

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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