Review: A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a delicious delight, to re-read a classic and find it’s every bit as worthy of its superior place in my memory!

I read A Wrinkle in Time as a part of my 2017 Reading Challenge under the category of ‘A Book From My Childhood’ and found I remembereed none of it. Lucky me, as I got to enjoy it fresh and new!

The opening (‘It was a dark and stormy night’) made me smile with reminiscence – back in 1962 that was sharp, edgy, and new. And I wonder if it’s not the source of our fascination with great opening lines in literature.

The first few pages drew me in with the imagery of that storm: cold floorboards, wind rattling the windows and howling through the open chimney, clouds scudding, shadows racing.

The first chapter deals with the simple backstory up-front, mixing it with the storm, and clearing the way for the plot to advance.

And the ending is succinct and sweet.

This is a quintessential story of good -vs- evil that hints at a struggle fought through the ages and continuing today (one I bet Dan Brown read in his youth!). It’s a truly timeless science fiction story, unmarred by contradictory inventions or understandings in science.

When I first read this, in my innocence and inexperience of youth, I had no suspicion of a sequel, but now it’s as obvious as the day is long and I’m going to have to read the entire quintet!

Where, I wonder, would fantasy, indeed the whole YA genre, be if it wasn’t for Madeleine L’Engle.

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