L'Engle, Madeleine. 1993. A Wrinkle in Time. Read by Madeleine L'Engle. New York: Listening Library.5 hours, 17 minutes.
It's been many, many years since I've read A Wrinkle in Time, and actually, I'm not sure that I liked it as a kid. I was never much of a sci-fi fan. In any case, after reading last year's, When You Reach Me, I was inspired to read it again, but forgot about it until recently, when I downloaded the audiobook version.
I remembered some of the story, but had forgotten much. I didn't remember the religious overtones in the latter half of the book (or perhaps I never realized that Mrs. Who was quoting 1 Corinthians); I certainly can't understand why this book has been challenged by various groups over the years. I remember A Wrinkle in Time as a sci-fi, fantasy, time-traveling book, which, it is. Although it was written in 1962, Madeleine L'Engle did not record the audiobook until the 1990s, when she was well into her seventies. At first, I wasn't sure that I would like her narration - the voice perhaps too old, too flawed - but that initial perception quickly faded. There is something special about hearing an author read her own book. There is less room for personal interpretation, but the listener can be sure that she is understanding every nuance that the author wishes to convey. Minor details cannot be misconstrued as important ones. Ambiguity only exists if the author wishes it so. It was great to revisit this old classic. Expect to hear more about A Wrinkle in Time in the coming months.
Some Wrinkle facts and news:
- A Wrinkle in Time will turn 50 next year! Look for celebrations to come.
- This is the link for Madeleine L'Engle's official website, which is apparently undergoing reconstruction.
- A Wrinkle in Time was the 1963 Newbery Award winner.
- The American Library Association lists Wrinkle on its Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books 200-2009
- A Wrinkle in Time has its own Facebook page.
- A Glencoe study guide for A Wrinkle in Time.
- The 2010 Newbery Award winner, When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead, pays homage to L'Engle's book with many references.
- On April 19, 2010, Hope Larson announced on Twitter that she would be writing and illustrating a graphic novel edition of A Wrinkle it Time. Look for the book sometime next year. I think this may translate well into GN format. We'll see.