“It was a dark and stormy night.
Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure— one that will threaten their lives and our universe.”
A children’s book first published in 1962, A Wrinkle in Time explores the concepts of travel through space and time. If you have read and loved the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, you will notice a similar tone in the book. The story follows three British children as they journey through other worlds in a quest to rescue their (Meg and Charles Wallace’s) father from the clutches of an evil entity called “The Black Thing”.
Like most children’s fantasy books, this novel too explores the concept of good versus evil. The tale contains a hodge-podge of themes including the fight against conformity (political allegory), Scientific theories like a fifth dimension (tesseract or a wrinkle in the space-time continuum) to travel through the universe and other concepts that even lead to a ban of the book (for “the book’s listing the name of Jesus Christ together with the names of great artists, philosophers, scientists, and religious leaders“).
Reviews for the book have ranged from a nostalgic love to sheer annoyance at the plot-line with many lose ends. “Artistically, the book is a mess; it’s illogical, derivative and confusing, with a rushed and unconvincing ending,” The Washington Post noted. Readers must understand that this is a book written not for the adult’s logical whims but for the child’s imaginative mind. The story dips a toe in a lake of important names and topics to trigger an unaware reader’s curiosity and hopefully push them to question and research.
What I enjoyed about the book (Spoilers ahead):