A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L’Engle
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A Wrinkle in Time


This book appears on so many lists of good books I finally got around to reading it. It generally is listed as a book for young adults or children. It was published in 1973, well past my childhood - so I couldn't have read it as a child, or even as a young adult. So I read it in my geezerhood.

I had read a review that stated A Wrinkle in Time "defies classification as either a children's book or an adult novel." and "I would recommend this book to readers of any age who are looking for a science fantasy story with heart and brains." I don't concur. A Wrinkle in Time is definitely a book for children, perhaps of middle-school age. It's protagonists are children and it is told from a child's point of view. I certainly wouldn't put it in the same young-adult category as The Hunger Games - It is aimed at much younger readers.

I suspect that most of the high ratings of this book are from the rosy recollection of those who read it when they were 11 or 12 years old. The story was not bad, but I must say that I was left with a feeling of disillusionment that if this is the definitive great book of children's science fiction, what must that say about that genre as a whole?