Review: “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle

For the love of books

A Wrinkle in Time is an unusual re-invention of science fantasy.  It is fascinating and indefinable; it is a pleasure to try to understand the ideas that Madeleine L’Engle presents to the reader.  Religion, philosophy, and science blend together to create a universe that is intriguing and original.

The plot is surprisingly simple.  Meg Murry, her youngest brother Charles Wallace, and their new friend Calvin O’Keefe must join forces with three intergalactic beings to rescue Mr. Murry, Meg’s and Charles’ father, from IT, a source of evil and total mental control that devours individuality and self-perception.  However, the scientific concepts included in this novel are complex.  For example, the concept of a fifth dimension, where a tesseract is used for efficient travel across space and time, is impossible to fully grasp.

The Dark Thing that is shown to be overshadowing the universe and the Earth itself is a unique representation of the essence of all evil.  Aliens are also visualized with clarity and depth, while the expansive setting of A Wrinkle in Time is overwhelming, yet breathtaking.  The author’s Christian references and monotheistic beliefs offer a foundation for the morals and principles that her characters maintain in their battle against the Dark Thing.  Her descriptions of familial love are thought-provoking and certainly not banal.

Original review: A tesseract is the key to ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, Examiner.com

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