A Wrinkle in Time

Opening line: “It was a dark and stormy night.”wrinkleintime

Meg, the daughter of two brilliant scientists, can’t seem to get anything right. Her twin brothers are normal and popular in school and her youngest brother, Charles Wallace, is a prodigy and a genius. Not only that, her father has been missing for months. But when a horrible storm blows in a most unexpected visitor, Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin, find themselves on a mission to save Meg’s father and maybe even the universe itself.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is a much-loved science-fiction novel for many people, myself included. When I was an adolescent I read pretty much any of L’Engle’s fiction I could get my hands on and A Wrinkle in Time was always one of my favourites. This time around, however, I was struck by how I was reminded of C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy: both feature a Judeo-Christian battle between the forces of Good and Evil on a cosmic scale — the very stars themselves are involved in the battle.

As an older reader this time, and more academic in my reading habits, I also noticed that the novel was published in 1967, which makes the novel’s message of individuality vs. “sameness” more poignant when one places the novel in the context of the Cold War. Could the dark planet of Comazotz be read as a planet “fallen” to Communism? A curious new way for me to consider a favourite book for many Americans, including myself!

But I much enjoyed rereading this novel, against experiencing the delights of the tesseract, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit, and Aunt Beast. I’m only disappointed I didn’t pack A Wind in the Door to read next!

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