The Barbarian Book Club: Book of the Month (July): A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

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At a young age, I have taught my daughter to appreciate books. I love books, and some of the parents at my daughter’s school joked about me having a secret life as a librarian. They often asked me how did I manage to teach my daughter to love books. To be honest, I never actually teach her to appreciate books, I just show her how fantastical a book is. The thing with children is, they never really learn by listening but they do learn by example. 

My love affair with books is always a special one and I always wanted to include my daughter in it. I always try to open up my favorite books to her, the kind of stories that always fascinated me. For me, it’s detective stories and philosophical fiction but I will always have a soft spot for the fantastical – dragon hunters, demons, wizards, and gunslingers; from interdimensional adventures to journey into Mordor. There is always room for awe and wonder in my heart as well as my shelf.

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Written by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time is a young adult novel first published in 1962. The book won countless awards like the Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award, and more. The story tackles the questions of purpose, spirituality, love, and divinity. It is the opening novel to L’Engle’s “Time” series. 

The story revolves around Meg Murray, a troublesome 13-year old as she searches for her father. Accompanied by her brother, a five-year-old Charles Wallace, and schoolmate, Calvin O’keefe. They set out on a mission to find their father with the help of their eccentric neighbors, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. Together, they travel across the universe and visit its inhabitants. They learned about the Black Thing, an entity that is the personification of evil and the whereabouts of their father on a planet that yields to it. They battle the terrible IT, a disembodied telepathic brain that holds their father prisoner. In the end, they triumph over IT and rescue their father. 

The novel has spiritual undertones with the classic battle between good and evil. It has striking references to the divine intervention and notable religious messages. The concept of overwhelming love depicted in the novel has strong allusions to God’s love. Another prevailing theme is conformity and the status quo as an allegory to communism. The domination and conformity as a result of dictatorship and the excessive desire for security. 

To be honest, I was never a fan of the young adult genre but there are a few that I find exceptional. A Wrinkle in Time is one of those exceptions, I was even quite excited when I found out about the movie adaptation. I wouldn’t recommend it to my daughter if I didn’t find it outstanding. It is well-thought-of and well-written. A seven-year-old girl wouldn’t have problems reading it. I’m very critical of the kind of content my daughter consumes. I make sure that every book I recommend to her is under scrutiny and put under careful consideration. 

If you’re looking for a wonderful and fantastic book, I’d recommend it. It is endearing as well as timeless. It is one of those novels that I love because it balances science and spirituality. I find it fascinating and exhilarating to read, I had a great time reading it. It has the power to captivate and sparkle your imagination. Even at the age of 34, I am still enamored by its story.

A Wrinkle in Time is a great book for all ages. It is a winner of countless awards as well as a movie adaptation. It is well-written and entertaining that is bound to captivate its readers. It possesses allusions to philosophy, spirituality, and science that would delight the imagination. It has been named one of “Teachers’ Top 100 books for Children” on a 2007 online poll. It is a book that would bring out the child in you. 

To Courage, Freedom and Interdimensional Centaurs!

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11 thoughts on “The Barbarian Book Club: Book of the Month (July): A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

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  1. That sounds intriguing. It goes on my reading list. I was wondering if you know “Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder. One of my favourite philosophical who dunnits 😁. It’s a bit like Marmite though. Many hate it but I love the way Gaarder explains philosophical ideas via a mystery story. 🙋‍♀️🐝

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