Madeleine L'Engle once said that “A Wrinkle in Time” was rejected by 26 publishers. On the surface, this seems incredible, given that it went on. 'A Wrinkle In Time' is definitely a book that changes when you read it as an The first time I read A Wrinkle In Time as a kid, I remember being. Katy Waldman reads Madeleine L'Engle's “A Wrinkle in Time” and compares its A book that is “educational” in this sense might combine.


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Otherwise, I'd be a simpering fake. I'm not anti-spiritual, but I have a personal discomfort with this kind of religious doctrine. You many not, and that's fine.

But more than that issue, the book is an odd combination of intelligent hard science, interesting quantum science that is brushed over, and quotes from the bible.

At least there are a few respectful mentions of other spiritual leaders from other cultures, and moral messages from classic literature and philosophers. I understand this combination garnered criticism from both religious fundamentalists as well as atheists and secular society.

L'Engle has earned my respect for taking on the difficult and controversial marriage of science and a wrinkle in time book. She has also earned my criticism for a wrinkle in time book this issue and then failing to really grapple with it.

It's treated lightly, as though it's a natural thing that should be easy to accept, in spite of the many holes and inconsistencies in her story. I wouldn't even mind, except that this book takes itself SO seriously!


It's easy to imagine that a school teacher might use this book to demonstrate that Evolutionist Theory and Creationism can be combined, but I find science and religion to have a disjointed and uneasy coexistence in this book.

One is always dropped abruptly for the other. Or at least, it seems a wrinkle in time book to me. Now that I have tackled that big one, let's move on. I found the characters rather flat, the genius child, the misfit girl, the beautiful, genius, scientist a wrinkle in time book who nonetheless stays home and cooks stew in bunsen burners while her husband has adventures.

The story itself is made up of vague scenarios of conflict of the psyche and spirit, with the entire Universe at stake.

Beginning with the iconic opening line "It was a dark and stormy night," Madeleine L'Engle's classic children's sci-fi tale takes us on a harrowing journey with iron-willed Meg Wallace, precocious Charles Wallace, and charming Calvin as they they bend time and space to find Meg and Charles's missing father.

As a kid, I was used to stories about kids persevering and fighting the challenges to discover the moral of being themselves. I wasn't used to reading stories where the youthful protagonists face such grave mortal and existential peril.

The supreme weirdness of reading 'A Wrinkle In Time' as an adult

And that's exactly what the children in A Wrinkle In Time face. For instance, when tessering through the darkness, L'Engle writes: This was far worse than the nothingness had been; while she was nothing, there was no need to breathe, but now her lungs were squeezed together so that although she was dying for want of air there was no way for her lungs to expand and contract, a wrinkle in time book take in the air that she must have to stay alive.

The children then travel to the dark planet of Camazotz, which has "given in" to the Black Thing. Meg's father is trapped there. They find that all the inhabitants behave in a mechanistic way and seem to be under the control of a single mind.

Under its influence, he takes Meg and Calvin to the place where Alexander is being held prisoner because he would not succumb to the group mind. The planet turns out to be controlled by an evil disembodied brain with powerful abilities, which the inhabitants of Camazotz a wrinkle in time book "IT.

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In such proximity to IT, the children are threatened by a possible telepathic takeover of their minds. With special powers from Mrs Who's glasses, Alexander is able to "tesser" Calvin, Meg and himself away from Camazotz, a wrinkle in time book Charles Wallace is left behind, still under the influence of IT.

Murry, inexperienced at tessering, does not know how to protect Meg from the Black Thing which surrounds the planet a wrinkle in time book they tesser through it, nearly killing her. When they arrive on the neighboring planet of Ixchel, Meg is nearly frozen, and paralyzed.