Review – A Wrinkle in Time

Posted 17 October, 2017 by Nikki in Reviews / 7 Comments

Cover of A Wrinkle in TimeA Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

I’m sorry. I don’t get it. I think I might’ve loved it if I read it at a formative age, but the basic concepts of fighting a great evil (and even some of the relationships between characters) reminded me mostly of The Dark is Rising, which I’m afraid has first place in my heart. I didn’t get the sense of wonder and fascination that I think it could’ve invoked, encountered at the right time, and I just felt rather impatient with the protagonists.

I’m not sure if I’ll read the other books or not – I know that if I’d gone on Over Sea, Under Stone alone, I’d never have finished Susan Cooper’s series. On the other hand, I just don’t enjoy the half fantastical, half scientific backdrop, and part of the reason I didn’t connect with the characters was because I couldn’t pin them down – one minute they seem painfully young and naïve, and the next I seem to be expected to root for a romance between them.

Really, it reminds me of so many other books — The Wizard of Oz, The Railway Children, The Dark is Rising, Little Women… It never quite became its own story for me.

Rating: 2/5

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7 Responses to “Review – A Wrinkle in Time”

    • That too, it wasn’t remotely subtle (and nor did it have the magic I find in Narnia, though that’s partly because I encountered Narnia when young and impressionable, no doubt).

  1. Aww no I’m so sad! This one really hit home for me but I did read it as a child and I feel like often times when I read children classics when I’m older it’s hit or miss. Glad you liked The Dark is Rising though!

  2. Oh no sad times!! I really adored this book when I read it aged about 9 though to be fair maybe my opinions would be different now. Certainly, I found the Christian allegory warm and comforting although now I would definitely be more skeptical haha. All I remember now is being so chilled by it all… especially the terrifying scene with all the identical ladies in houses and identical boys bouncing identical balls… I think my mind was a bit blown by the sci fi. Also it’s by a Madeleine sooooo…

    You know I actually had the complete opposite experience, that I really prefer this to the Dark is Rising! I’m interested, why did it remind you of Little Women?

    • I think if I’d read it when I was younger, I might have been more inclined to like it? Partly I felt like it wasn’t aimed at me, I think.

      Re: Little Women — the kids’ relationship with the mother.

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