Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Meg Murry’s father has been missing for quite a while now, having mysteriously disappeared while doing top secret work for the government. When three unearthly creatures pull Meg, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin into an otherworldly mission to find Mr Murry, adventure and danger ensue in A Wrinkle in Time, a novel by author Madeleine L’Engle.
This is one of those classics I’ve known about forever and decided to finally give a go. And, no, it wasn’t because of the major motion picture coming out. I didn’t hear about the movie until after I picked up a copy of this book, written by the author of two of my all-time favorite novels: The Small Rain and A Severed Wasp.
Also, no, I don’t enjoy famous books just because they’re famous, and admittedly, my interest in this one had some ups and downs as I went along. A nice number of different nuggets in the book immediately stuck me, including these:
“I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.“
“I’m all confused again.”
“Oh, so ‘m I. But now at least I know we’re going somewhere.”
“There will no longer be so many pleasant things to look at if responsible people do not do something about the unpleasant ones.”
(Pardon my using regular English spelling for that last quote from Mrs Which, for anyone who recognizes it.)
Then there were other times during the journey when my interest waned, and I began to worry a bit toward the end, wondering how the story might reach a satisfying conclusion in the very little time it had left. Yet, even though I’m not usually one to finish novels in one sitting, something was pulling at me all along to just keep on reading, keep on reading right through…
…right through to this novel’s glorious finish.
A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in the Time Quintet.