Tuesday, November 25, 2008

"It was a dark and stormy night."

One book that I always knew about as a kid but never chose to read was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. The title didn't mean anything special to me, the cover creeped me out and I didn't like the author's last name. And of course all of these reasons seemed extremely pertinent when I was ten years old. Recently I decided to find out if my youthful decision was a good one.

This book is about some odd siblings (and a new friend) who take a cross-dimensional journey to find the kids' missing father. He was a physicist working for the government but they don't know much more than that. They are assisted in their quest by beings from other worlds and physical planes. This is the first book in a series and there are other books set in the same universe.

I have to say that I'm not at all sure if the young Kristen would have liked this book. I wasn't really into physics and science and the universe but I was into fantasy a little bit so I might have found enough to be interested in. I certainly would have been more comfortable with all of the religious elements of this story than I am now as an adult. Now it just seems a bit preachy and predictable. Although, I do find the use of both science and religion in this book refreshing. Usually it's an either/or situation. Unless I find myself with nothing else to read, I don't think I will continue with this series but I can see why there were kids out there that were totally into it.

Pondering the strength of love in the universe,

Buy A Wrinkle in Time on Amazon or find it at your local library.

1 comment:

  1. This was one of my favorite books as a kid. I reread it about a year ago and I have to say it's still on my list of favs. I actually just picked up the next book in the series...