Friday, September 07, 2007
RIP Madeleine L'Engle
Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, died today at the age of 88.
A Wrinkle in Time has been popular since its publication in 1962 and its main characters, Meg and Charles Wallace have fascinated readers since then.
I will confess to having read and enjoyed it around 6th grade, I think, although much of it went over my head at the time.
Did anyone else out there read A Wrinkle in Time? Any memories?
From what I remember, the character of Charles Wallace was an close look at a vulnerable, yet very gifted kid, (written during a time before many kids who fell outside of the "mainstream" were focused on officially at all) who is looked after zealously by his big sister Meg, especially during the absence of their father who is missing after doing some space-time continuum research.
Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Witch, are the characters that perplexed me as a kid. I remember they do know about what happened to Meg's father and that they understand the whole technology of "tesseracting" or time traveling. I do remember that they meet some interesting extraterrestrial life in their travels around the universe.
Wow. And you thought you'd never need the skill of being able to BS a book report thirty some years after reading the book!!!
By the way, the picture of the book at the top of the page is the cover as it appeared when I read it.