For Modern Mrs Darcy's 2016 Reading Challenge which I only began in August I recently read a book I should have read in school - but did not. I read the breathtaking and exquisite A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.
A 1963 (the year I was born) Newberry Medal, A Wrinkle in Time begins with, "It was a dark and stormy night..." I seriously had know idea that classic phrase was in fact the beginnings of a true literary masterpiece. I can attribute this to my sorely lacking literary education in my younger years - and not-so-younger-years.
During the six years I homeschooled John and Jarrod, from 7th grade through 12th grade and ever since, I have been attempting to rectify the situation, flushing out the old and making way for new books- new to me anyways - with 52 New Books in 2016 and 30 New Books in 2015 which turned out to be 45 books.
Our years of homeschooling meant we read some amazing literary classics like The Scarlet Letter, The Last of the Mohicans, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Fahrenheit 451, a ton of not-so well-known wonderfully written with engaging stories, and young adult fiction like Harry Potter series or The Hunger Games trilogy that fueled my desire to read.
Then, over these couple years I've found literary blogs that have broadened my literary horizons, as well. Like Modern Mrs Darcy whose wealth of literary knowledge is amazing. Thus, I came upon an often recommended title A Wrinkle in Time and after perusing lists of books one should have read in middle school or high school I added it to my Amazon cart and raced through it in a day, a quite easy task at only 256 pages.
A Wrinkle in Time
Everyone in town thinks Meg Murry is volatile and dull-witted, and that her younger brother, Charles Wallace, is dumb. People are also saying that their physicist father has run off [with another woman] and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors and an unearthly stranger, the tesseract-touting Mrs Whatsit, Meg and Charles Wallace and their new friend Calvin O'Keefe embark on a perilous quest through [time and] space to find their father. In doing so, they must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time. This is no superhero tale, nor is it science fiction, although it shares elements of both. The travelers must rely on their individual and collective strengths, delving deep within themselves to find answers.
Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is both young and adventurous as well as sophisticated and mysterious: challenging concepts of children traveling through time and space; battling good and evil with uncertain outcome, then triumphing; growing up, maturing, facing fears, confronting the status quo, solving mysteries; all within these few pages...and a delightful read.