After Reading The Lord of the Rings, my plan to reach the goal of 4 books was to read 3 tiny, light and easy books. I picked A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle because I had read it before and enjoyed it. But I read it so long ago, I forgot everything about it except the plot.
For those that don’t know, A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of a pair of young siblings who have to travel through space and time to rescue their father from a planet on which humans are brainwashed to perfection- and thereby enslaved.
Think of it as the 1984 for little children. It speaks for freedom, for love, for free-thinking. L’Engle also makes a point of telling us that our flawed lives are wonderful because we are fortunate enough to make it so. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s science fiction and incorporates both magic and adventure into it.
I do have a few criticisms toward it, though none are serious and one must keep in mind that they come from the mind of an adult.
The first, in line with Tolkien, is that the book’s tone is slightly outdated. I might seem like a simpleton in saying this, but it was a bit too poetic for me. This is not a terrible thing. It’s just that I grew up in a different time and so, based on the language the children use, they came across as a bit robotic or unnatural. It was difficult to look past it. They lacked certain childish qualities in their demeanours.
Next is the polar opposite of what I just said. There are times when the main character, Meg, is too childish for my liking; perhaps because I am past the age of being able to relate to such behaviour.
Third, and this is personal; it was too religious at times. Everyone has the right to share what they believe in, and every writer has the right to write about it, but to each their own applies. I didn’t like it, and it dampened the story in some instances.
That said, the good far outweighs the bad.
This is a story that I think everyone should read because there is much to learn from it. It has a powerful message that grows increasingly relevant in this day and age when we are controlled by things that don’t actually matter, and fed lies by people who never understood the truth to begin with.
As always, because it is a formula that will never stop enthralling me, it’s underlying message is that love is light and will always have the power to chase the dark away.
It places emphasis on family too- a theme I have always enjoyed, and it also tells us that we need our flaws to remain human, but that they shouldn’t (and don’t) define us.
The characters (with the exception of Meg, who I didn’t really care for) are all charming and quirky. It’s a colourful book. Very imaginative, as though you are reading a painting or a movie.
And although it might as well be 1984 for kids, it has something that Orwell’s legend lacked: A happy ending, which is something we all need every now and then.
My verdict for A Wrinkle In Time, is that you MUST read it- at least once.
I rate it 4/5.
It’s not a favourite for me, but one that I truly enjoyed and will probably re-read in a few years.
Oh! It might interest you to know that a film adaptation is in the works, due for release in 2018. Read it before you see it, because I doubt the film can do it justice.
Have you read A Wrinkle In Time? Do you love it? Let me know!