It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.
Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?
I really wanted to love this story. And while reading it there were points where I thought I was, but sadly no, overall story just left me feeling meh.
Have you ever read ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ (the first in the Chronicles of Narnia)? It was a very similar reading experience to that one for me. There were some beautiful ideas and images created, but some of it was just a little bit too out there (a mixture of philosophically and scientifically) for me. In trying to explain those bits some of the fun was taken out of it. There were points where I didn’t completely understand what was happening, or rather, what L’Engle was trying to get at.
Overall, yes the story is worth reading. I don’t think readers should avoid it, I imagine it is very different reading experience for each person (more so some other children’s books).
2 stars seems too mean, because there was more to enjoy than not. I’m going to go for a nice middle of the road 3.
I am excited to see what they do with the film. There is a lot for them to work with.