Meg Murry O'Keefe and her family are just sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner when her father gets a phone call from the White House about a madman's threat of nuclear war. Only an old Irish rune seems to hold a clue to averting worldwide disaster, and and when Meg's brother Charles Wallace, now fifteen, recites it, a radiant white beast--the unicorn Gaudior--appears to join him on his quest. But there are only twenty-four hours in which to stop tragedy from occurring. Can Charles Wallace, with the help of Gaudior and Meg, possibly succeed?
Katherine Stuart, October 25, 2008 (view all comments by Katherine Stuart)
A Wrinkle in Time, if memory serves, was the very first sci fi/fantasy novel I ever read. I was in the sixth grade at the time and it began a life long love affair with the genre. L’Engle however does not translate well into adult reading. She tends to be simplistic, overly moralistic with characters that are flat and a plot line that is convoluted and contrived.
This book is a later one in the series about Meg and Charles Wallace. It begins with the President asking for Mr. Murry’s advice because Branzillo – a mad South American dictator – is threatening to detonate a nuclear bomb which – for reasons that are unclear – will end all life on Earth. What exactly Mr. Murry is to do is unclear, but Charles Wallace goes to a big flat rock and is guided by a unicorn through time to change the past to change the present. From her bedroom, Meg kyth’s with Charles Wallace to help him through his journey.
The flashback scenes of this imaginary past are vivid and engaging, utterly charming. It’s really too bad the entire novel couldn’t have consisted of this alternative history line.
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