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Thursday, May 23, 2013

a wrinkle in time

I recently rectified a great mistake of my childhood: never reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.  I saw the book on a must-read childhood books list and picked a copy up from the library.  After I finished the book, I noticed a copy of A Wrinkle in Time on the bookshelf in my old room at my parents' house.  Turns out I had access to the book the whole time, I was just too silly to read it!  Most likely because the flying centaur looking creature on the front cover looked nothing like Nancy Drew, the Babysitters' Club, or the Boxcar Children. 

Wrinkle in Time was well worth the short time it took to get through it.  I love young adult books like this because the plot is usually engaging yet simple, the characters are interesting and likeable, and the themes are profound while still being easily understand.  L'Engle has a great sense of humor and wonderful imagination that comes across in her writing, and best of all, she's missing the condescending moral tone that a lot of children's writers from her generation had (I'm looking at you C.S. Lewis).  She even manages to tell a compelling story while also teaching lessons about the importance of our imperfections, the falibility of adults, and the power of love.  

In an extremely quick synopsis: A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of siblings Meg and Charles Wallace's adventures through space and time to rescue their father who has been captured by IT.  Also: they're rockstars (maybe just in my mind).  

I would love to write a story like this some day.  Until then, I'll borrow a cop this and make my way through the rest of L'Engle's books to see what becomes of Meg and Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin.  

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