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A Wrinkle in Time Kindle Edition
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Young people who have trouble finding their place in the world will connect with the "misfit" characters in this provocative story. This is no superhero tale, nor is it science fiction, although it shares elements of both. The travelers must rely on their individual and collective strengths, delving deep into their characters to find answers.
A classic since 1962, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is sophisticated in concept yet warm in tone, with mystery and love coursing through its pages. Meg's shattering yet ultimately freeing discovery that her father is not omnipotent provides a satisfying coming-of-age element. Readers will feel a sense of power as they travel with these three children, challenging concepts of time, space, and the power of good over evil. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Ms. L'Engle was born in 1918 in New York City, late in her parents' lives,an only child growing up in an adult world. Her father was a journalist who had been a foreign correspondent, and although he suffered from mustard gas poisoning in World War I, his work still took him abroad a great deal. Her mother was a musician; the house was filled with her parents' friends: artists, writers, and musicians. "Their lives were very full and they didn't really have time for a child," she says. "So I turned to writing to amuse myself."
When she was 12, Ms. L'Engle moved with her family to the French Alps in search of purer air for her father's lungs. She was sent to an English boarding school --"dreadful," she says. When she was 14, her family returned to America and she went to boarding school once again, Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina--which she loved. When she was 17, her father died.
Ms. L'Engle spent the next four years at Smith College. After graduating cum laude, she and an assortment of friends moved to an apartment in Greenwich Village. "I still wanted to be a writer; I always wanted to be a writer, but I had to pay the bills, so I went to work in the theater," she says.
Touring as an actress seems to have been a catalyst for her. She wrote her first book, The Small Rain, while touring with Eva Le Gallienne in Uncle Harry. She met Hugh Franklin, to whom she was married until his death in 1986, while they were rehearsing The Cherry Orchard, and they were married on tour during a run of The Joyous Season, starring Ethel Barrymore.
Ms. L'Engle retired from the stage after her marriage, and the Franklins moved to northwest Connecticut and opened a general store. "The surrounding area was real dairy farmland then, and very rural. Some of the children had never seen books when they began their first year of school," she remembers. The Franklins raised three children--Josephine, Maria, and Bion. Ms. L'Engle's first book in the Austin quintet, Meet the Austins, an ALA Notable Children's Book, has strong parallels with her life in the country. But she says, "I identify with Vicky rather than with Mrs. Austin, since I share all of Vicky's insecurities, enthusiasms, and times of sadness and growth."
When, after a decade in Connecticut, the family returned to New York, Ms. L'Engle rejoiced. "In some ways, I was back in the real world." Mr. Franklin resumed acting, and became well known as Dr. Charles Tyler in the television series All My Children. Two-Part Invention is Ms. L'Engle's touching and critically acclaimed story of their long and loving marriage.
The Time quintet--A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time--are among her most famous books, but it took years to get a publisher to accept A Wrinkle in Time. "Every major publisher turned it down. No one knew what to do with it," she says. When Farrar, Straus & Giroux finally accepted the manuscript, she insisted that they publish it as a children's book. It was the beginning of their children's list."
Today, Ms. L'Engle lives in New York City and Connecticut, writing at home and at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where she is variously the librarian and the writer-in-residence. "It depends from day-to-day on what they want to call me. I do keep the library collection--largely theology, philosophy, a lot of good reference books--open on a volunteer basis."
Author Fun Facts
November 29 in New York City
Smith College, The New School, Columbia University
New York City and Connecticut
…hobbies: traveling, reading, playing the piano, and cooking
A Special Message from Madeleine L'Engle
"I wrote my first story when I was 5. It was about a little G-R-U-L, because that’s how I spelled “girl” when I was 5. I wrote because I wanted to know what everything was about. My father, before I was born, had been gassed in the first World War, and I wanted to know why there wer wars, why people hurt each other, why we couldn’t get along together, and what made people tick. That’s why I started to write stories.
The books I read most as a child were by Lucy Maud Montgomery, who’s best known for her Anne of Green Gables stories, but I also liked Emily of New Moon. Emily was an only child, as I was. Emily lived on an island, as did I. Although Manhattan Island and Prince Edward Island are not very much alike, they are still islands. Emily’s father was dying of bad lungs, and so was mine. Emily had some dreadful relative, and so did I. She had a hard time in school, and she also understood that there’s more to life than just the things that can be explained by encyclopedias and facts. Facts alone are not adequate. I love Emily. I also read E. Nesbit, who was a nineteenth-century writer of fantasies and family stories, and I read fairy tales and the myths of all countries. And anything I could get my hands on.
As an adult, I like to read fiction. I really enjoy good murder mystery writers, usually women, frequently English, because they have a sense of what the human soul is about and why people do dark and terrible things. I also read quite a lot in the area of particle physics and quantum mechanics, because this is theology. This is about the nature of being. This is what life is all about. I try to read as widely as I possibly can.
I wrote A Wrinkle in Time when we were living in a small dairy farm village in New England. I had three small children to raise, and life was not easy. We lost four of our closest friends within two years by death--that’s a lot of death statistically. And I really wasn’t finding the answers to my big questions in the logical places. So, at the time I discovered the world of particle physics. I discovered Einstein and relativity. I read a book of Einstein’s, in which he said that anyone who’s not lost in rapturous awe at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe is as good as a burnt-out candle. And I thought, “Oh, I’ve found my theologian, what a wonderful thing.” I began to read more in that area. A Wrinkle in Time came out of these questions, and out of my discovery of the post-utopian sciences, which knocked everything we knew about science for a loop.
A Wrinkle in Time was almost never published. You can’t name a major publisher who didn’t reject it. And there were many reasons. One was that it was supposedly too hard for children. Well, my children were 7, 10, and 12 while I was writing it. I’d read to them at night what I’d written during the day, and they’d say, “Ooh, mother, go back to the typewriter!” A Wrinkle in Time” had a female protagonist in a science fiction book, and that wasn’t done. And it dealt with evil and things that you don’t find, or didn’t at that time, in children’s books. When we’d run through forty-odd publishers, my agent sent it back. We gave up. Then my mother was visiting for Christmas, and I gave her a tea party for some of her old friends. One of them happened to belong to a small writing group run by John Farrar, of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, which at that time did not have a juvenile list. She insisted that I meet John any how, and I went down with my battered manuscript. John had read my first novel and liked it, and read this book and loved it. That’s how it happened.
The most asked question that I generally receive is, “Where do you get your ideas?” That’s very easily answered. I tell a story about Johann Sebastian Bach when he was an old man. A student asked him, “Papa Bach, where do you get the ideas for all of these melodies?” And the old man said, “Why, when I get up in the morning, it’s all I can do not to trip over them.” And that’s how ideas are; they’re just everywhere. I think the least asked question is one that I got in Japan. This little girl held up her hand and said, “How tall are you?” In Japan, I am very tall.
I get over one hundred letters a week. There are always letters that stand out. There was one from a 12-year-old girl in North Carolina who wrote me many years ago, saying “I’m Jewish and most of my friends are Christian. My Christian friends told me only Christians can be saved. What do you think? Your books have made me trust you.” Well, we corresponded for about twenty years. I suggested that she go back to read some of the great Jewish writers to find out about her own tradition. Another letter asked, “We’re studying the crusades in school. Can there be such a thing as a Holy War? Is war ever right?” I mean, kids don’t hesitate to ask questions. And it’s a great honor to have the kids say, “Your books have made me trust you.”
The questions are not always about the books. They’re sometimes about the deepest issues of life. “Why did my parents put my grandmother in a nursing home?” That’s one that has come up several times. The letters are enlightening, particularly when t... --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B07VFC776Y
- Publisher : GENERAL PRESS; 1st edition (16 July 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 730 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,934 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I've always been an avid reader and I am wondering how, in my over 3 decades of stay on earth, I had not come across this before (i would've enjoyed it even more in my teens). Anyhow, I am glad I did not miss it - better late than never!
The book - it's a children's book supposedly, but it opens and points to avenues of thought processes that most of us have never ventured into , about society. Can read it even if you are 20.
who began it reluctantly. Till seventy-five pages, he was
on the verge of quitting. But then, the story peaked-up,
and then, it ended when we both watched the movie
based on the book!
When I told my prince that the series has four more books,
he immediately wanted me to buy all the rest. I, however,
bought only the second one, 'The Wind in the Door'. Of course,
I will buy the rest later.
The book is not as famous as Potter and Percy Jackson series,
but it is good. The language is a tad difficult compared to the
two series I have mentioned. But then, this is a sci-fi, even if
Buy the book and enjoy the movie.
Plot and Characters:
The plot is essentially a formulaic one involving the battle between good and evil. Apart from this grand scheme of things, the quest also involves a homely relevant motive of the central character Meg aka Margaret Murry. She wants to find and save her father who has disappeared for many years. Overall, the flow of the plot is good, but it does get bogged down a little at times, especially when some of the conversations seem to be stretched too long. The characters of the kids – Meg, Charles and Calvin – look realistic and understandable, although there are a lot of swings in behavior. But we can pass it on the premise that such a thing happens to kids a lot. The supernatural characters too have their own peculiar traits that add a pinch of humor in the story.
The Science in it:
As Arthur C. Clarke has said that any sufficiently advanced technology is nothing less than magic, the book treats all the magical things from a scientific point of view. The interplanetary travel, through ‘wrinkle’ or ‘tesser’ as they say it, sounds quite similar to traveling through a wormhole, blackhole or warp drive. The Black Thing in the book pretty much resembles the black hole, although it is seen as a dark cloudy thing, and not spherical, it certainly consumed stars. The relativity of time, the Time being the fourth dimension, and the rearrangement of atoms to form condensed masses are some of the concepts dealt with accurately in the book.
The Tesseract: It seems to be holding a lot of keys here. The same appears to serve as the thing to look up to as the gateway to achieve the impossible. And quite obviously, the same ambitious object also brings troubles with all the opportunities.
The Characters of Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which: They stand as the paradigm of elemental divine forces that side with us when we embark upon any adventurous quest for a good cause. The fact that they are not given any definite names just strengthens the belief that they are not merely characters in the story, but powerful forces that anyone can feel to be on their side if they show faith.
IT: Here’s a little bit of satire along with science fiction and fairy tale. This large brain of the planet Camazotz reminds us of the oppressive rulers who do not tolerate free-thinking and free-will of the people in the society, and must be defeated.
In a nutshell, this book has several elements to offer. Fantasy, Science Fiction, Satire, Fairy Tale, Adventure, and a little bit of Family Drama. The author mixes it all up in a perfect blend, and delivers it in a sufficiently intriguing manner. Only that I would have loved it even more if there was a greater drama to match up with the lofty concepts it uses.
No complaints. The font is slightly large and I actually prefer it.
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I know it's a children's book, but I decided to give it a go anyway since it deals with space and wormholes. The story is fine and I enjoyed it, but the ending is hackneyed. It didn't make me hate the book, but left me unsatisfied. Overall, I don't regret spending time reading it, but I wouldn't recommend it to fellow adult readers. If you have children the age of protagonist (12-15), it might be a good read for them.
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L’engle was inspired from Einstein’s theories in this book, and I’m not even sure I understand everything as an adult 🙂 It’s full of beautiful quotes, anecdotes, metaphors that elevates the book to another level than being a simple children’s novel. Meg, as a character, is layered and complex. When asked, L’engle if Meg is her, she says ‘of course’ 🙂
The evil is so realistic and scary. The atmosphere is very vividly dark. I loved how she displayed the battle between good and bad. My only criticism is, I felt the end was very rushed compared to the build up.
While the story is relatively short and the writing style is simplistic at times, it isn’t at all dull to read - it’s relaxing and suitable for a wide audience (probably from around 11 upwards) and the characters (especially meg!) are relatable and appealing without being flawless
I would describe the story as rather whimsical fantasy (it reminded me of a ghibli film in places) but not in a way that could put off older readers.
Overall, a brilliant story and definitely worth the price!
It's not just because it's dated. The characters are nauseatingly prim and precocious, the 'magical' characters are, frankly, boring, and the the whole thing is a horrible and confusing mishmash of bad sci-fi, yawnworthy witches and mawkish religion. I shouted out loud a lot as I read this.
A few of the central ideas feel a bit too similar to C.S. Lewis's Space Trilogy series for my liking - for example, the severed head of Alcasan in That Hideous Strength is a mouthpiece for the evil alien Eldila, just like the throbbing brain is a mouthpiece for 'It' in A Wrinkle in Time. (By the way, the three Space Trilogy novels are far from the best thing Lewis ever wrote).
I'd happily give this zero points. Makes me mad this book still in circulation when I see so many talented authors out there these days who can't get a break. It's mystifying how this was ever made into a film.
I particularly loved one helpful angelic spirit, who constantly quotes from the great wisdom of earthly cultures, across the ages.
The film is also astonishing, especially the CGI effects; and is reasonably close to the book; however, the deeper significance of the struggle of each of the young people undergoing tests and trials is more shallow; and the wisdom and philosophy plays a lesser part.
I have been rereading the book since seeing the film..........Very good for adventurous spirits of all ages......!