It was a dark and stormy night.
This is the opening line to A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, a book that is hailed to be one of the greatest books of all time… and soon to be on the big screen! I’m embarrassed to say that this was the first time I read A Wrinkle in Time. Can you believe I had only just heard about this book from Madeleine over at Top Shelf Text? She had hosted a Read-A-Long in preparation for the movie. So naturally, I jumped on board for the reading fun. If you want in on some of the conversation on this one check out her most recent Instagram post.
Here’s a quick synopsis: On this dark and stormy night, Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace wake up in the middle of the night. They decide to make a sandwich and a hot cocoa, when a stranger visitor appears at their door. This strange visitor, their friend Calvin, and the two siblings embark on a dangerous and wild journey to share the Murry children’s father.
There is a couple things you should know about this book before you decide whether or not you should read it:
- It’s prolific, and I am possibly the only person who has never read it.
- It falls in the Fantasy and Science Fiction genre.
- It is an appropriate book for all ages of readers.
- It’s the first part of L’Engle’s classic Time Quintet.
This book was pretty good. I think the themes are big, and there is a lot of content here for what could make an amazing movie… but I also felt like I couldn’t completely get into the story. I think it’s important to point out that maybe it was just my frame of mind going into the book. The thing that I really loved about this book were the quotes from famous works of literature, and also L’Engle’s writing was supreme.
Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.
So friends, that’s all I have to say about this one, but I am DYING to hear what your thoughts are on this book… I’m still pretty unsettled about it. And truth be told, it’s been a week since I finished it!!
Until next time, happy reading!