Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time

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Meg was swept into darkness, into nothingness, and then into the icy devouring cold of the Black Thing. Mrs. Which won’t let it get me, she thought over and over while the cold of the Black Thing seemed to crunch at her bones…

A Wrinkle in Time is an unusual book. Written in 1962, the book is directly inspired by Einstein’s theories of space and time that were (at that time) suddenly explaining a whole lot of mysteries using  equations and careful scientific observation. It won the Newbery Medal in 1963!

Madeleine L’Engle was determined to write a story that would be scientifically sound and yet fantastic and imaginative enough to appeal to everyone. And who should she make the hero of the book, but herself! Meg Murry who leads the story, is according to Madeleine, just as awkward and brave as she was when she was in school! Did you know that Madeleine had to face 26 rejections, before her book got published? Publishers told her that children would not enjoy the book, and she felt that they did not approve of a girl in the lead. Madeleine didn’t change a thing! She decided to keep the book as it was, and luckily a very well known publisher decided to take on this different story and it’s never been out of print!

The story, without giving too much away, is about Meg’s missing father, her gifted younger brother and Meg’s own worries about not fitting in with the popular crowd. What does this have to do with science fiction or fantasy? Well, young Meg learns how to travel to another world via a tesseract, which is the wrinkle in time, a way of moving through the fifth dimension. And that’s where she finds her father. He had been studying the tesseract, but an evil being, known as IT, had captured him. How does Meg save her father and herself? You really must read to find out.

A word of caution, Disney is making a fabulous movie based on the book, it is directed by a woman, features some very powerful inspiring actresses and has some rather clever special effects, but take this chance before the movie comes out to read it yourself and imagine the worlds, the strange creatures, the dangers and the brave young Meg. Madeleine wrote 5 books in this series, and they’re all very interesting and inspiring!

It’s inspired several people to delve deeper into science and deeper into space! One astronaut in particular, Janice Voss, read the book when she was 10, and made up her mind to become an astronaut and tesseract in her own way! And she did, she logged 19 million miles around Earth!


Contributed by: Meethil and Ahalya Momaya

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