A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Audiobook CD - 1994
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Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government
Publisher: Prince Frederick, Md. : Recorded Books, p1994
ISBN: 9781419319853
Branch Call Number: CDB J L'ENGLE,M
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (6.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,1.4 m/s
digital,1.4 m/s
Additional Contributors: Caruso, Barbara


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Mar 03, 2014

Blah. I can see the appeal if you read it for the first time as a teenager. But as an adult? It's not a bad book, just lacking in subtlety.

jwhite412 Dec 15, 2011

A children’s book with a child hero and the simple power of LOVE conquering a UNIVERSAL EVIL? This book was a favorite as a pre-teen; but reading it now, I cannot help but compare it to the message of the Harry Potter series. Although Harry wins out, Wrinkle still stands on its own among children’s books. There are tasty tidbits of “adult” science explained (but not “dumbed down”) for children – including the infamous Tesseract, or 5th dimension space/time travel explanation of an ant walking along a length of a lady’s skirt material, and then that same ant walking across the tops of the much-shortened “wrinkled” length of the same material – thus the “wrinkle in time”. The main character, Meg, is a wonderfully realistic and gritty characterization of a stubborn, dramatic, bright, yet gawky, impatient, and unconventional thirteen year old girl. Anyone who remembers being 13 will surmise that L’Engle MUST have been harboring a daughter this age in her home at the time of the conception of this story. Lessons about conformity arise when Meg shouts “Equal is not ‘THE SAME’” to save herself and Charles Wallace on the planet of Camazotz. Lessons about appearance vs reality and the weighted importance we place on physical appearance… on “looks” vs “essence” arise when the characters land on the planet of Ixchel and meet Aunt Beast.

Perplexity came to her from the beast. “What is this ‘dark’? We do not understand. Your father and the boy Calvin have asked us this too. They have told us that our atmosphere is opaque so that the stars are not visible, and then they were surprised that we ‘know’ stars; that we know their music and the movements of their dance far better than beings like you who spend hours studying them through what you call telescopes. We do not understand what this means… ‘To see’”. “Well, it’s what things look like”, Meg said helplessly. “We do not know what things ‘look like’ as you say” the beast said. “We know what things ‘are like’. It must be a very limiting thing; this ‘seeing’. What a very strange world yours must be, that such a peculiar seeming thing should be of such importance.”


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