Title: A Wrinkle In Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Release Date: January 31, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Classics, Teen, Fantasy
Source: Big Honcho Media
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Meg Murry has always known her family is different. From her beautiful mother, to her father that has disappeared with no explanation, to her prodigy of a little brother, Charles Wallace, the Murrys aren’t like any other family. So when the unexplainable happens, and Meg ends up on another planet with Charles Wallace and their friend, Calvin O’Keefe, what can she do but go along? Soon, Meg realizes the stakes of what is happening as she fights to save her brother and father from the clutches of The Dark Thing, the root of all evil.
Writing a summary of A Wrinkle in Time was surprisingly difficult. After all, it’s a classic many of us read as children. Meg, Charles Wallace, Calvin – these aren’t just names to us, they are real people. So it’s not a surprise that I had trouble putting into words just what this book is about, because let’s face it – it’s about so much more than the storyline. The book has hidden depths and crevasses, but it also has personal memories stored within its pages. The first time you saw the cover, the first time you met Meg Murry – how does one summarize that?
My re-read of A Wrinkle in Time was a joy, but also a surprise. There were things I forgot, characters that my memory had let slip. The story is classic; in some ways, it’s a little silly, but it’s also horribly frightening. The world of Camaztoz, where everyone is exactly alike, is a dystopian world at a time when that genre wasn’t the newest fad in literature. It’s so ahead of its time, yet its truths are completely timeless. Love, brother and sisterhood, individuality – these are qualities which will never diminish in importance.
The 50th anniversary commemorative edition is absolutely beautifully put together. The dust jacket is vibrant and shimmering. Inside, along with the book’s text, there is a forward from Katherine Paterson, copies of the original manuscript pages, L’Engle’s Newbury acceptance speech, and more. It really is a must-buy for any fan of the novel; this is a book that will have a home in my library for a lifetime.
It’s so difficult to review A Wrinkle In Time because it’s such a classic that is woven into my childhood. If you haven’t read it before, the 50th anniversary is a perfect time to introduce yourself to the Murry family for the first time. It’s a book that resonates and is just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.