A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)

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 experimentin...


Details A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)

TitleA Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)
ISBN9780440498056
Author
Release DateMar 15th, 1973
PublisherYearling Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Classics, Science Fiction, Childrens
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Reviews A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)

  • Paige
    2012-08-03
    First, understand that I am editing this review after several outraged responses. I knew that "Wrinkle" was considered to be a classic, but I was unaware that it was considered a Beloved Classic Beyond Criticism. I read this in grade school and just REread it aloud, to my daughter. I didn't have a clear memory of it, though I remember that I loved the way it started. Now I realize why I forgot so much of it. I STILL love the first 3 chapters, and...
  • Sara
    2007-03-19
    the book that first inspired me to tentatively pick up my pencil and my marbled black-and-white composition notebook (remember those?) and write (in 4th grade). the influence l'engle herself and her work have had on my life cannot be understated. i met her many many years later, during college, when she was well into her 80s, but she was exactly as i pictured her-- spirited, engaging, challenging. when i (very nervously and shyly) told her that s...
  • RandomAnthony
    2010-05-27
    So 41 of my goodreads friends have read A Wrinkle in Time, but I never picked up the book until these past few weeks. I’m not sure how this novel and I slipped past each other in my youth. I’m guessing that since the main character was a girl I wasn’t that interested in middle school and when I grew older the science fiction elements didn’t appear strong enough to snag my interest. Oh well. Last weekend I bought A Wrinkle in Time at a Bor...
  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2018-02-06
    3.5*What a fun weird little story!
  • Zoë
    2017-08-11
    3.5/5
  • PurplyCookie
    2011-01-20
    The story takes about 100 pages of tedious, banal dialogue, to get to the point where you are told that this is a battle against Evil, and all you need is love. But everything is so oversimplified, so sketchy--everything is reduced to big words, like IT, and evil. This IT, also called the Dark Thing, is striving to create a communist-type society where everyone conforms, down to the little children who bounce their balls in uniform rhythms and wh...
  • Elyse
    2017-03-10
    Am I the first living 64 year old who had never read this book- until now - March, 2017. that is? Random Thoughts .........I was surprised to discover this story was about a little GIRL --not a WIZARD. .....I was more surprised that Meg, 13 years old, had three other siblings... two twin brothers, Sandy and Dennys, and a younger brother, Charles Wallace Murray, who is a child prodigy.....with parents who were scientist. THERE IS A REAL FAMILY -WI...
  • Anne
    2018-03-05
    Anybody else read it with this cover?I did. 1986, I was in 6th grade, and it was assigned to us by our teacher. This book changed my world. Or at least, my reading world. Welcome to sci-fi, kid!I have no idea how many times I've read this story, but as a child, I read it so much that this awesome cover eventually fell off. So many great memories of these characters, and easily my favorite childhood novel.After doing a re-read of it this year, I h...
  • Hannah Greendale
    2018-02-01
    Thirteen-year-old Meg Murry’s house is visited, on a “dark and stormy night” by a mysterious stranger named Mrs. Whatsit who says, “Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.” Tesseract refers to confidential scientific work Meg’s father conducted for the government before he went missing several years prior. On the following day, Meg accompanies her little brother to Mrs. Whatsit’s house and finds herself u...
  • Michael
    2007-05-29
    [Later note: Had discussion with author about this book and why it means so much to so many people—specifically women. Also read excellent NYTimes piece about the fiftieth anniversary. Some books are powerful for their readers because of their context; in this case, the utter lack in popular kid's literature of 1962 of characters like Meg—real girls, who cared about atypical subjects like math, who were unashamed to be other than pink-wearing...
  • Madeleine
    2012-05-14
    I have one general, self-imposed rule about reviewing on this site: I write about the books I've read in the order I've finished them. By that logic, I should be cobbling together my reaction to Hunger right now but I am so taken by this childhood staple that there's no room in my brain for anything other than uncontrollable glee over this book that another Madeleine has given to the world. I never read this book as a kid. I didn't read it as a t...
  • Melanie
    2009-12-17
    “It was a dark and stormy night...” Okay, I haven’t read A Wrinkle in Time since fifth grade, so I was kind of nervous going into this. Yet, I was very pleasantly surprised, and I’m even more excited to see the new movie adaptation in March! I mean, this reads a little “old” and “simple” but it was still such a delight to read. I will say that I didn’t remember any of the religious/spiritual aspects that were woven in, so appa...
  • Crumb
    2018-02-05
    What can I say about a book that is hailed as one of the greatest pieces of fiction of all time? Nothing. I really can't. I will not disrespect this book by saying anything negative about it. I think my opinions about this book may have changed over the years, but that by no means makes this a poor read. Instead of being critical about the book, I am going to celebrate it with some of my favorite quotes from this book:“Like and equal are not th...
  • Susanne Strong
    2017-10-15
    5+++++ Stars!!!! “A Wrinkle in Time”. How can I never have read this before??! Have I been living under a rock my entire life? This was utterly DELIGHTFUL, Amazing, Funny, Scary, Brilliant & Crazy Bold. In short, I loved it. Ok, and I admit, I didn’t read it. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Hope Davis - and she was amazing. That being said, thank you Madeiline L’Engle, - “A Wrinkle in TIme” was mystical, magical and nothing s...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2013-02-11
    I just finished reading this for the first time since, maybe college? Twelve year old Meg Murry, her precocious five year old brother Charles Wallace, and their new friend Calvin meet some highly odd beings who call themselves Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. This strange, quirky trio sweeps the children away on an interstellar quest to find and rescue Meg and Charles Wallace's missing father. They fold space and time through tesseracts (th...
  • Savannah
    2007-08-15
    Madeleine L'Engle is a Christian writer, more so even than C. S. Lewis in my opinion. However, while the influence of Christian Theology (and in later books, biblical history) is woven throughly through out all the books in this series, it is not offensive to non-Christian readers. I am one of those. To be completely honest, when my mother first read me this when I was about 7 years old, I was totally oblivious to the influence L'Engle's faith ha...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    2018-03-16
    About: A Wrinkle in Time is a children’s science fiction written by Madeleine L’Engle. It was published on 3/15/1973 by Yearling Books, paperback, 211 pages. The genres are children’s, science fiction, and fantasy. This book is intended for readers ages 10 to 14. This book belongs to a series of 5 books.My Experience: I started reading A Wrinkle in Time on 3/13/18 and finished it on 3/16/18. This book is fantastic! I love the characters! Th...
  • Bryon
    2008-03-21
    I started reading "A Wrinkle In Time" when I was 8 or 10. I say started because I never finished it. I can't remember exactly why, but I think it kind of scared the crap out of me. Now, 15 or 17 years later, I've read it again (this time the whole thing) and there's really nothing scary at all about it. It's possible that, as a kid, I was somehow relating this book to the terribly scary Disney movie "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Again, I don...
  • Evgeny
    2018-01-11
    It was a dark and stormy night...Yes, the book starts with the quoted sentence. The Murry family was sitting home when a bizarre and unexpected stranger came in. At this point some words need to be said about the members of the family. Both father and mother were scientific geniuses working on a secret project. The father disappeared one day never to be heard from again. Their daughter and the heroine of the story is Meg, a genius and misundersto...
  • Jason Koivu
    2008-11-22
    That's what I felt I was seeing as I read this, a blank slate, a void, an empty room. A Wrinkle in Time is a very nice tale, but I just wish L'Engle spent more time developing the settings. The decently rounded characters seemed to be floating in spartan landscapes like portraits hung in limbo. Lackluster description is one thing, but perhaps more than anything, I think my tepid-3 star, ho-hum reaction to A Wrinkle in Time is due to my reading it...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2018-03-13
    I did a reread for the movie and am thrilled that I still love this just as much as I did as a kid!
  • Trish
    2018-02-08
    We all want to fit in somehow. We also want to be ourselves and thus stand out a little bit, but basically we don't want to deviate too much from "the norm" because it's usually considered bad by others (funny, considering that we're pretty much all feeling the same way so we should just let the others be) and especially children often have a hard time when not fitting in with their peers. Thus, being different can be risky.Meg is a girl that doe...
  • Richard Derus
    2011-11-20
    Okay, the film's an *April 2018* release but principle photography is over at least. Rating: 4* of fiveThe Publisher Says: 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....
  • Erin
    2018-04-21
    I was scared to reread this book, I hadn't read it since I was in seventh grade and that was a loooong time ago. A Wrinkle in Time was the book I would read as a kid when I was in a bad mood or bored or just because I wanted to get wrapped up in the magic of another world. I read A Wrinkle in Time for the first time in second grade and it made me fall in love with reading. Of course I liked to read before then but this book turned me into the vor...
  • Manny
    2018-01-18
    "But why me?" asked Madeleine. "Do I have to do it?""You must," said Mrs Whatsit. "Your world is in grave danger. Very, very grave danger. You have to warn them.""But I don't know how!" exclaimed Madeleine angrily. "What is this danger? How am I going to explain it? It's impossible!""Certum est quia impossibile est," said Mrs Who. "It is certain, because it is impossible. Latin. Tertullian.""Wwe wwill hhelp yyou," interrupted Mrs Which. "Iff only...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    2017-06-04
    3.5 StarsAnthem by Ayn Rand is one of my favorite books, and I feel like this is the perfect kid-friendly version of that. I've been going back and reading a lot of children's classics I neglected to read as a kid, and I think they're fascinating. I see how they appeal to young readers, and I can predict how much I would have loved it as a kid, but I also catch really deep themes and allusions that I know I never would have understood as a child....
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    2018-02-18
    I reread a childhood favorite in one night. Who can forget the cozy Murry kitchen, the way science and religion are valued equally, tesseracts and planet adventures. If a book can be a warm blanket, this is mine.When I as young, I loved Meg because I felt as awkward as her, and also as unable to grasp a boy ever liking me the way Calvin just does. But I also had those weird insights in ways not quite as dramatic as Charles Wallace, so I was all o...
  • Lucy Langford
    2018-08-25
    I do face facts. They're lots easier to face than people, I can tell you.This was an amazing adventure and is an incredibly smart novel too! It really delights the imagination. I absolutely adored the eccentricity of the characters, each uniquely their own.This book teaches the importance of individualism, self-acceptance and love, all told through an addictive journey into the fifth dimension.RTC!
  • Catie
    2010-01-14
    Madeleine L’Engle famously said, “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.” I fell in love with this book when I was eight, and since then I’ve read it countless times. This is a book about physics, faith, God, and the constant fight for good. And it’s written for children with no apologies. The manuscript for this book was notoriously rejec...