A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1962, 2007
Genre: Science Fiction, Children’s Literature,
Paperback Edition: 232 pages, plus an interview with the author and the author’s Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech
Source: Personal Copy
This classic, a Newbery Winner, was published in 1962. According to an article in a recent Smithsonian, Wrinkle has sold more than ten million copies and been turned into a graphic novel, an opera and two films. The new film from director Ava DuVernay is expected in March. Among others, starring roles feature Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, and Oprah Winfrey. It was a hard-to-categorize novel that took some time to find a publisher. Many hated it until the prestigious Farrar, Straus and Giroux took it on.
These stats don’t tell of the many young woman who have enjoyed the book and been inspired by Meg’s finding her own bravery. Fantasy has never been my favorite genre. I usually avoid it. But there is more to this book than any category can describe. This tale is also more than a coming-of-age story of one young girl wondering how to get along in the world. Meg Murry goes on a search for her absent father traveling through time and space with the help of her brother Charles Wallace, her new friend Calvin, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which.
Author Madeleine L’Engle believed that “literature should show youngsters they are capable of taking on the forces of evil in the universe, not just the everyday pains of growing up.” (Smithsonian). The famous quotes that are sprinkled throughout the text are great fun for those of us of all ages! And there is much philosophy to ponder, so the book is not all science. I share a strong belief with L’Engle. She once wrote: “If it’s not good enough for adults, it’s not good enough for children.”
I believe the lines of age disappear when we read and discuss literature, whether a picture book, a chapter book, or a so-called adult novel. With that in mind and to prepare for the movie, I reread and re-enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time.
I hope you will too.