Saturday, July 7, 2012
This year marks the 50th anniversary of "A Wrinkle in Time". I had never read this book and so thought what better time than this year to read it. I enjoyed the story and I really enjoyed the main character, Meg Murry. She is a great female protagonist and to me the book's heroine. The story, as many of you already know, is about Meg's quest/adventure to find her missing father. Calvin O'Keefe, a classmate from Meg's school, and her youngest brother Charles Wallace join her on this adventure. Charles Wallace, what a great name. It is a name for a young man in an old soul's body. These three characters all bring different personalities and strengths to the story. Now the story definitely has one subject I'm not a big reader on: science fiction- especially tesseract (time warp/space warp). It also has another subject that I sometimes pass over- Christianity in reading. Don't get the wrong idea I enjoy my life as an above average "church goer", "church circle" member, and lover of traditional church hymns, but I've never been into reading about other's views on Christianity. I noticed the biblical quotes and religious undertones, but I didn't focus on these when reading this book and so didn't get the "message" I was maybe suppose to be getting. I read this book more as a story/adventure and didn't get involved in the science-fiction or religious undertones. Maybe I missed the greater part of this book, but until I started talking to others who had previously read this book, I didn't know of the "controversy" that is found with Madeleine L'Engle's message. I prefer to stay in my "own little world" and just enjoy the story for the pure story it is. I highly recommend this book for anyone who hasn't already read it.
Listening to this book on many of my runs this week made my runs in the hot, humid summer weather a little more tolerable. Plus I thought it appropriate to be listening to an author's life of reading in the South, primarily, during hot weather when I started sweating the minute I walked out of the door. I liked the book so much that I discussed this book with my mom and told her to read it. Funny- we are too alike- my dad had just finished reading it last week and she was starting it now. I look forward to discussing this book with my father and get his perspective.
So if I had to choose I'd probably recommend reading this book, because that is "how I roll", but listening to Pat read it himself was enjoyable and who knows this may be the start to another way in which to get more books "read" in a month and stay sane during my long runs.