Friday, February 20, 2015

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)Wow, it's been many years since I first read this book! Meg's father is missing, and her little "dumb" brother knows more about things than she. Charles Wallace takes her to see three old ladies, and they tesser, along with another boy, across the galaxies. The children discover a Dark Thing is shadowing Earth and is trying to control the minds of all living things across the universe. Their father is being held captive on a planet called Camazotz by IT, an over-sized, disembodied brain. All of the inhabitants of the planet live in rhythm, every person the same as the next. Charles Wallace seems to have the strongest brain among the three children, but he allows his mind to be taken over by IT. When Meg starts to lose control of her own thoughts, there seems to be no hope. However, Meg has one thing IT does not.

You will need to use your imagination in this book. The concept of Tesseract is abstract, so it's hard to picture in your mind. There are a number of religious references to God; I'm not saying that's good or bad, just letting you know. The whole conflict between people being equal and people being individuals is central to this story. IT wants to control everyone's minds, so they're all the same; does that mean equal? IT says no one on Camazotz is unhappy, but that doesn't mean anybody is happy. Three cheers for creative thoughts!

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