Today’s friend is the beautiful Berls from Because Reading. I have gotten to know her in the COYER challenges and also in FitReaders. I’m so excited she chose A Wrinkle in Time as it is one of my favorite books ever! And the movie releases today.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
Narrator: Hope Davis
Published by Listening Library on 1962
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 6 hours, 26 minutes
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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract".
Meg's father had been experimenting with this 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?
So the last time I read this I was in middle school… maybe high school. I don’t remember too clearly. I do, however, remember LOVING the book. So, naturally, when I saw that they’re making a new movie I was like, let’s do a reread. I had forgotten so much and I wanted to really remember it before watching the movie.
I don’t regret rereading it. But it’s not the book I remembered either. I think the important thing to remember about A Wrinkle in Time is it really was written before YA books were written for both young adult AND adult audiences. This was so clearly for kids that I’m actually marking it as both a YA and a Middle Grade. It’s not one that make the transference to Adult interest well. Not that it’s poorly written or anything, it’s just not a book for adults. It has some incredibly obvious themes and messages that are clearly written to impress upon young minds. So that makes it less thrilling as an adult reader.
HOWEVER, I love those themes and think that finding them in a book for young adults – especially in our day and age – is a great thing. The messages are not outdated, kids today can MOST DEFINITELY benefit from them (maybe more so than kids when it was written). I do wonder if kids today will keep up with some of the educational trivia bits – the kids in this book are SMART cookies and solve some difficult math/science problems off the top of their head.
And the story is a fun read. Nothing that’s going to have you on the edge of your seat, but for one of the first books of its kind, the Sci-Fi & Fantasy mix you have going on in this book is just fun. And that’s why – despite feeling that the book is targeted to younger readers more than I remembered – I will still plan to watch the movie 🙂
As a side note, I read this as an audiobook and while the narration was good, it was SLOW. I listened to the entire thing at 3x speed because it was at such a slow pace. Of course, I listen to most audiobooks at a 2x speed, so it may not seem THAT slow to those who don’t do that with their books. Otherwise the narration was good – I enjoyed the voices and really got lost in the story.
So if you, like me, want to take a walk down memory road, go for it! Just know, you’re reading a kids book 🙂
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