BOOK REVIEW: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

I was poking around in my Amazon account the other day and discovered that I bought some books for my Kindle when Little O had just been born. I have no recollection of doing this or when I thought I was going to read these books. For some reason they never delivered to my Kindle so the whole thing seems a bit odd. Anyway, now that I have time to read on my commute, I am quite glad very new mum me somehow sort of pre-arranged me some reading material. A Wrinkle in Time is the first of these books.

Thirteen year old Meg Murry isn’t having the best time. Her father has gone missing, she doesn’t fit in with her classmates and her younger brother, Charles Wallace, constantly seems to be away with the fairies.

One dark and stormy night Charles Wallace introduces Meg and his mother to Mrs Whatsit, a strange old lady who appears to have moved into the house next to theirs. Mrs Whatsit lives with Mrs Who, who promises Meg and Charles Wallace that along with the mysterious Mrs Which they will help the children find their father.

To do this the two, along with their new friend, Calvin O’Keefe, will have to go on an adventure though space and time not not only save Mr Murry but also protect the earth from an evil black cloud that threatens to engulf it.

I’ll start with what I loved. Meg is a strong protagonist with strengths and faults and she’s easy to identify with for young readers. Charles Wallace is also a fascinating little chap with special skills and I loved reading about the bond between them. Further to this, L’Engle is great at world building and there was something reminiscent of a Studio Ghibli movie in her creations. In fact, I would love to see a Studio Ghibli take on A Wrinkle in Time.

And then there’s the stuff, I didn’t like. The whole novel has kind of weird C.S. Lewis-seque religious undertones that gave me the jeebies. I also thought it wrapped up rather simply and abruptly. I get that there are other books but it’s not like there was a cliff-hanger but more of just a quick resolution and lots of sub-plots abandoned. Ultimately I was left wanting more but not sure if I wanted to read the rest of the story to get it.



  1. I liked the cover and the title, but as you say, it might be better to watch, than to read.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. There has been a film interpretation but apparently it’s not very good and L’Engle herself didn’t approve.

      1. Good to know. I will avoid it if I see it.

  2. I remember reading this as a girl. I liked it back then. I wonder if I’d give it a 3/5 if I read it again. Nice review, Abbi.

    1. I have read that it was extremely popular when first released because it was very different to anything out there. I imagine I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had read it as a child.

  3. Hmm. Sounds worth a read, even if it’s not perfect. You had me at Studio Ghibli! 😉 I heard that they took the religious stuff out of the movie version (no one wants to offend religious America!). Hey – speaking of religious undertones, did you ever read the His Dark Materials trilogy? Well, anti-religion… Those were great books.

    1. It’s a decent read. I just think it’s hard to get all of the awe if you read it as an adult for the first time. I did read and very much enjoy the His Dark Materials trilogy.

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