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Friday, September 11, 2009

A Wrinkle in Time

Last night as the boys were trying to find something to read other than Archie comics which I am trying to wean them off of after a summer of Betty vs. Veronica. (What could be the appeal of that eternal threesome to 11 and 9 year old boys?) Cam found a Hardy Boys graphic novel and Ben resorted to re-reading an old Sports Illustrated for Kids while my Other Half read to Griff. (Yes, I have dispensed with their pseudonyms finally. Guess I have really crossed over to the dark side of blogging now) So when they were finally all settled I realized that I had nothing to read and since it was TV off time I couldn't sneak into my room and turn it back on.

I looked on the bookshelf and found Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. Unbelievably I never read this book when I was a science fiction and fantasy fan in my younger years. Recently I remember it being mentioned in some CBC Book List or another as a classic young adult story. So I picked it up and am now completely immersed in the world and parallel universes of the Murry children. I can identify with Meg who is struggling with school even though she is smart (although I was never any good at math after Grade 4) because she doesn't fit in and I love wise beyond his years, Charles Wallace. They have just passed through a tesseract or "wrinkle in time" to search for their physicist father who has been missing for a year. I can't wait to get back into it tonight.

After a summer of German-occupied islands and polygamy this is just what I needed. Maybe I'll even be able to get the boys interested in the genre that sparked one of my first literary loves.


  1. I read a lot of Archie comics when I was younger but haven't read A Wrinkle in Time.

    Did you like The 19th Wife? I've picked it up but never purchased it...somehow couldn't decide to make the commitment.

  2. I love the Wrinkle in Time. It was a favorite when I was kid (as was Archie and the gang).

    There are more wrinkle in time books if you like it and I enjoyed them all.

  3. Years ago I re-read The Little House on the Prairie series – it was like re-visiting my childhood, the child I once was. I should do that again with other beloved classics from way back when...

  4. I loved Wrinkle in Time & the others too. I still have a lot of my old books from growing up and love to read them now and then. They're all still classics - enjoy!

  5. I will look for the other L'Engle books and I have also reread The Narnia books since my kids saw the first movie and I have thought about introducing them to the Little House series since thay are interested in pioneers. I wonder why there are no pioneer boys books? Another author I have recently rediscovered is John Wyndham who wrote The Day of the Triffids and Chrysalids, both sci fi classics.


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