A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle seems to be one of those books that every kid read in school, and somehow I missed it. I wasn’t even aware of the book, but after seeing the movie trailer (featuring two of my favourite women in film and maybe the best-known woman in television). I decided it was time to get to know this apparently-beloved story.
First published in 1962, A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg, the oldest of four children who live with their mother and father – only their father has gone missing while doing top secret work for the government. Meg doesn’t fit in at school, and is seen as surly and rude. Her 5-year-old brother, wise beyond his years, introduces her to a strange trio of unusual characters, who don’t seem quite to be human.
Suddenly, without Meg understanding how it came to be, they team up with another boy from school and head off through the universe through to save her father. Meg must learn to accept her flaws and let them work for her, and she must be resourceful if she’s going to save her father, and something else precious that is lost along the way.
It’s a simple, unusual story, somewhat reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz in some of its absurdist elements. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it enchanting, but maybe I lack the nostalgia of coming back to it or the childlike wonder of reading it for the first time. It was an intriguing and imaginative story that examines what would happen if we could travel through space and time without regard to the rules of physics.
I am really exited to see the movie (okay, mostly because Mindy Kaling is in it and she’s amazing), but it was good to know where the original story came from. I went to link up to the trailer and instead found a new one! I love the use of music to show the sinister side of the story: