Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle, 1962 (202 pp.)When I finished reading The Glass Castle yesterday, I realized that I've been reading a lot of heavy books lately. In fact, the last three I've read (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Book Thief, and The Glass Castle) all feature young girls who are struggling against poverty and their society in an effort grow, mature, and make meaning of their lives. So I decided to walk to the library and find a few books that would let my brain take a bit of a break.

A Wrinkle in Time is one of the books that I picked up. One reason is that it's one of the books that I decided to read for the LOST Books Challenge. I also have fond memories of the book from 7th grade, when our English teacher, Mrs. Wentzel, read it out loud to us.

Obviously, since I just started reading it last night, it's a fast read. It is considered a children's book (on a 5th grade reading level...and a Newberry Award winner, I might add), but it's beautiful. It's the story of three children who travel through space and time to find their father and fight against "the Black Thing." I'm surprised that I've never really heard this book referred to as a "Christian" book, and yet it does quote Scripture from time to time. It is the wisdom that the children are given from Mrs. Who to help them fight IT. In the end, this is a well-crafted scifi/fantasy book that shows the true power of love.

So what does it have to do with LOST? Well, for starters, "A Wrinkle in Time" is how time travel is explained to the children. When the characters "tesser," they create a wrinkle in time and space and are able to quickly get from one place and time to another. Considering all of the time travel that's been going on in LOST, it makes sense that the authors had this concept in mind when writing the show.

Also, take a look at this screen shot from Season 1, Episode 18. Sawyer is guessed it...A Wrinkle in Time. :)


Total number of books read in 2009: 8

Total number of pages read in 2009: 3874

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