If you know what a tesseract is, then you know where I’m going with today’s book choice. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is one of those books I reread every few years. And, each time I crack open the book, I discover an entirely new perspective on the story.
When I was pregnant with Sweetboy, I was reminded that there are always helpers along the way. That truth was a mighty encouragement to this soon-to-be-mama’s heart.
Five years later, when Sweetgirl was newly brought home from the hospital, I was keenly aware of Mrs. Whatsit’s sacrifice. She was a star, for crying out loud! Nobility took on a new appeal as I looked at sacrifice from yet another point of view.
Meg, the plucky protagonist of A Wrinkle in Time, has always resonated deeply with me. Her struggles, and the lessons she had to learn on her quest to find her father were familiar.The ideas that gave her head and heart the most trouble were ones I wrestled with: doubt, ambiguity, uniqueness, and creativity. Meg also must come to understand that something greater than words, saves…
And then, there are the parallels to the inner thought life of a writer. Writing is a labor, for me. Of love, yes. But, attempting to put words to thought can be excruciating. There are more than a few references to difficulty expressing thoughts. I get that. Mrs. Who might be my favorite character in any story, ever. She simply finds it too difficult to put her thoughts into words so she resorts to speaking the quotes of others. Oh, Mrs. Who… I so get you.
Aunt Beast, the name alone is fantastical, wisely said:
“…it is not easy at all to put things the way your mind shapes them.”
While this book is geared toward YA (young adult), I think it is timeless and ageless. Have you read it? How old were you? Do you remember any characters? Do tell!
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