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A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet) Audio CD – Unabridged, 10 January 2012
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In both the new digest and the mass market editions, each title includes a new introduction by the author. Covers of the digest editions are illustrated by Caldecott Honor illustrator Peter SÝs, and the mass market edition covers are illustrated by renowned science fiction and fantasy illustrator Cliff Nielsen.
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Rediscover one of the most beloved children's books of all time: "A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle:
Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time.
Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?
"From the Paperback edition.
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- Publisher : Listening Library; Unabridged edition (10 January 2012)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 030791657X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307916570
- Reading age : 10 years and up
- Item Weight : 159 g
- Dimensions : 12.95 x 2.67 x 14.99 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,379,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
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.
No complaints. The font is slightly large and I actually prefer it.
About the book:
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.
Top reviews from other countries
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.
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......!
This is a strange, mysterious story which is also deeply spiritual. Yes, there is a Christian message but it is a message that all of us can understand. The darkness they face is so complete, Meg learns to both rely on others and battle alone.
Being different is what makes these characters. it is what makes us humans. And this book may just heal a little bit of IT inside us all. Our weaknesses can often be our strength.
A fight between good and evil that can be enjoyed by all ages. It carries with a strong positive message.
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.