A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time is a novel written by American author Madeleine L’Engle. It was publish in 1962.  The book has won the Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. The main characters—Meg Murry, Charles Wallace Murry, and Calvin O’Keefe—embark on a journey through space and time, from universe to universe. Their journey is due to save the Murrys’ father and the world. The novel offers a glimpse into the war between light and darkness, and good and evil.



The plot is essentially a formulaic one involving the battle between good and evil. Apart from this grand scheme of things, the quest also involves a homely relevant motive of the central character Meg aka Margaret Murry. She wants to find and save her father who has disappeared for many

Overall, the flow of the plot is good. It get bogged down a little at times, especially when some of the conversations seem to be stretched too long. The characters of the kids – Meg, Charles and Calvin – look realistic and understandable. Although there are a lot of swings in behavior. But we can pass it on the premise that such a thing happens to kids a lot. The supernatural characters too have their own peculiar traits that add a pinch of humor in the story.

As Arthur C. Clarke has said that any sufficiently advanced technology is nothing less than magic. The book treats all the magical things from a scientific point of view. The interplanetary travel, through ‘wrinkle’ or ‘tesser’ as they say it, sounds quite similar to traveling through a wormhole, black hole or warp drive. The Black Thing in the book pretty much resembles the black hole, although it is seen as a dark cloudy thing, and not spherical, it certainly consume stars. The relativity of time, the Time being the fourth dimension, and the rearrangement of atoms to form condense masses is some of the concepts deal with accurately in the book.


In a nutshell, this book has several elements to offer. It is a Fantasy, Science Fiction, Satire, Fairy Tale, Adventure, and a little bit of Family Drama. The author mixes it all up in a perfect blend, and delivers it in a sufficiently intriguing manner. Only that I would have loved it even more if there was a greater drama to match up with the lofty concepts it uses.

Further, the themes of conformity and the status quo are present. It is a powerful dominant group that manipulates the planet of into conformity. Even Charles Wallace falls prey and is hence persuade to conform. It is thanks to Meg that she and her family are able to break from conformity.  Scholar Jean Fulton writes:

“L’Engle’s fiction is consider important for young readers. It is partly because she was among the first to focus directly on the deep, delicate issues that young people must face, such as death, social conformity, and truth. L’Engle’s work always is uplifting because she is able to look at the surface values of life from a perspective of wholeness, both joy and pain, transcending each to uncover the absolute nature of human experience that they share.”

In 2003, a television adaptation of the novel get release by a collaboration of Canadian production companies, to be distributed in the United States by Disney. In 1992, OperaDelaware (known for frequently adapting children’s books) staged an opera based on A Wrinkle in Time written by Libby Larsen. It had a libretto by Walter Green. The adaptation is the kind of movie where you decide to do something and just go do it, and where no questions are off limits because everyone’s so thoughtful. I bet Mister Rogers would have enjoyed it. 

If you laughed derisively at that line, you shouldn’t see “A Wrinkle in Time.” If it made you smile, go.”


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