I had never read this book as a child and I wanted to get to it before I saw the movie, though I am hearing that the book is far better. Which I am so glad. This was such a fun book to listen to and made me feel like a child again.
According to Goodreads:
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.
Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?
This book is so imaginative and beautifully written. I didn’t want to stop listening to it. When Mrs. Whats It, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which are introduced, I knew that this was going to be a fun story. They just reminded me of someone’s quirky aunts that the family always laughs at but loves. Yet, all the characters are unique throughout the story and none are boring. I loved Charles Wallace for his uniqueness and Calvin for his insight. I definitely could relate to Meg but she irritated me to no end at times. Her absolute stubbornness and whinyness made me want to shake her. I think at one point, I actually yelled in my car for her to just shut up.
One of the main themes in the story is the scientific theory of time, which I thought was so interesting. Upon listening to her biography, I learned L’Engle loved reading the works of Einstein among other top scientists of the early 20th century. Einstein’s theory of time is what planted the seed for her to write “A Wrinkle in Time.” I was also surprised that many publishers criticized the book mainly because they didn’t know what genre it fell into. They thought it was too mature for younger audiences but wasn’t sure if it fell into science fiction, etc. After so many rejections, there was a point that L’Engle was about to give up until one person decided to take a risk. I am so glad.
I haven’t had so much fun with a book in a really long time. It was an easy read/listen and definitely tuned into my imagination. I wish I could time travel.