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di Madeleine L'Engle

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Serie: The Time Quintet (1)

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Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
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    A Swiftly Tilting Planet di Madeleine L'Engle (gilberts)
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    Il donatore di Lois Lowry (Utente anonimo)
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    Lontano dal pianeta silenzioso di C. S. Lewis (Proginoskes)
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    Quando mi troverai di Rebecca Stead (Ciruelo, BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Time is a key component in both of these compelling, coming-of-age fantasies with complex plots centered on girls who share absent fathers and the struggle to save the life of a boy near-and-dear to them.
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    Il mago di Ursula K. Le Guin (Anjali.Negi)
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    So You Want to be a Wizard di Diane Duane (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: For the socially awkward girls who come into their own and fight against evil
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    La storia infinita di Michael Ende (Anjali.Negi)
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    Uno spicchio di tenebra di Susan Cooper (Anjali.Negi)
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    Moon Eyes di Josephine Poole (bmlg)
    bmlg: similar themes of the loving relationship between an awkward, insecure older sister and her odd younger brother, and her efforts to protect him from supernatural danger
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    La corona d'argento di Robert C. O'Brien (ncgraham)
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    Un millimetro e mezzo di coraggio di Timothée de Fombelle (fugitive)
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    Weave a Circle Round di Kari Maaren (Aquila)
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    Un ponte per Terabithia di Katherine Paterson (kkunker)
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    Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars di Daniel Manus Pinkwater (aaronius)
    aaronius: More comic, more Earthbound, but still fantastic writing with life lessons equally appropriate for intelligent youngsters and their parents.
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    La figlia della luna di Margaret Mahy (SylviaC)
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    The Dream of the Stone di Christina Askounis (moonsoar)
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    What Came from the Stars di Gary D. Schmidt (Barb_H)
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    The Revolving Boy di Gertrude Friedberg (thesmellofbooks)
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Now I have a gerund for what Cooper was doing at the end of Interstellar: tessering. And like the story of Interstellar, A Wrinkle in Time owes some but not all debt to its 1884 predecessor [b:Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions|433567|Flatland A Romance of Many Dimensions|Edwin A. Abbott||4243538]. Unlike the two aforementioned stories, however, this book is unique in that it is a young adult novel that includes a rich tapestry of philosophy, science, geometry, physics, cosmology, math, literature, and even religion--at the end, we encounter Paul's words from several of his epistles, all culminating in the triumph of love presented in 1 Corinthians 13.

The story (originally published in 1962) has now become a fairly stock tale, especially after the huge sci-fi boom in 70s and 80s books and movies--not to mention the current renaissance with offerings such as [b:Ready Player One|9969571|Ready Player One|Ernest Cline||14863741] and Netlix's best original series (that is a fact, not an opinion), Stranger Things. But this is not to fault the book. It is only indicative of the fact that I am reading it in 2016 as a 32-year-old. Yes, I sort of missed this one in my childhood. Sadly, due to the lopsidedness of my youth, I'm sure I turned from it because it was neither Calvin and Hobbes nor a book with a male protagonist.

But while the characters and plot are now as commonplace as the morals--differences are a good thing; our faults can be our strengths: "Yes, it was to her faults that she turned to save herself now" (153); and, ultimately, love conquers all--the book still has enough to maintain its status as a classic of (children's) literature and well justify its John Newbery Medal.

Beginning with the opening sentence, I knew I was in for a treat. Any student of literature knows the history of the sentence "It was a dark and stormy night." This very sentence, from a novel of 1830, has come to represent bad writing--and L'Engle has the audacity to use it as her opening sentence! Right away I knew this was a book written for people like me. L'Engle knows her craft and obviously wants to have fun with the reader. Yes, this is one of those "smart person books," designed to stimulate those who love learning.

And from there we get explanations of mathematics, physics, and geometry worthy of Borges stories, and even Dekker boxes to describe higher dimensions à la [b:Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension|274063|Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension|Rudy v.B. Rucker||265741] (published over a decade later, by the way). We get a trio of "witches," one of whom (called Mrs Who) quotes everyone from Dante to Seneca to Pascal to Shakespeare (in the original languages!). She even quotes from [b:Macbeth|8852|Macbeth|William Shakespeare||1896522], using one of the very lines from the play's own trio of witches. Well played, L'Engle!

Most likely due to the time during which the book was written, we get a dark planet called Camazotz, which sounds to my ears like both comatose (the inhabitants there are stripped of their identities and asked to just "give in" and "let go" and basically sleep through life) and Communism (the looming spectre of the times). Everyone is the same on Camazotz. Weaklings (i.e. people who are different) are put to death à la Plato's proposal from [b:The Republic|30289|The Republic|Plato||1625515] to banish the lesser beings from civilization.

L'Engle is nothing if not a sort of children's Borges, mixing as she does so many areas of thought while still unraveling a coherent and compelling story. At first, I thought I would muster some regret at not having read it in childhood, but the fact that I've managed to experience it in adulthood cancels out the omission. Plus, having read so much other literature that shares this book's themes, I have found further proof of its canonical status. Like, say, [b:The Little Prince|157993|The Little Prince|Antoine de Saint-Exupéry||2180358], this book practically lends itself to regular reading throughout one's life. ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
Finally ready to watch the movie! ( )
  nikkiroy | Apr 14, 2021 |
I read this many years ago. I ought to read it again. A wonderful work of fantasy. ( )
  wickenden | Mar 8, 2021 |
I would recommend this book for upper elementary school students. I was intrigued by the complex plot and think it would be best for upper-level readers. The story tells about a young girl named Meg Murry, a high school student who is standoffish. She goes on an adventure through time and space in order to save her father who disappeared when she was a child. I think this would be great in the classroom and I would keep this book in my library.
  Elliemangan | Mar 7, 2021 |
The first time I read a Wrinkle in Time was when I was in 6th grade. I've read it so many times since then because it's just an amazing story. Its sci-fi meets coming of age and is written beautifully. The book opens with Meg, Charles (her little bro) and they are wondering what happened to their dad who had been working for the government and has disappeared. He has been missing for a few years and the kids and their Mom have no clue what happened to him. Until one day someone shows up at the door and takes them on an adventure through the universe where they travel into worlds that are controlled by a mysterious being (IT). It is a great book for middle schoolers and English teachers to talk about figurative language and was a fun read. It also connects to math by introducing students to the concepts of dimensionality and understanding the progression of space from 0 dimensions to 4 or 5. There is also the issue of diversity that is addressed in this book. Charles has succomed to the darkness in a part of the book and they discuss how on the planet being different creates problems, and can be confining. This imaginative book will surely keep your kids on the edge of their seats wondering if Meg will be able to save her brother from the mysterious IT and find out the truth about what happened to her father. ( )
  NickiByrd | Mar 4, 2021 |
The hype around this book has been unquestionable and, admittedly, that made me eager to get my hands on it. I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition right now until the end of May with a theme Werewolf You can also publish your stories there. just email our editors,, or
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Madeleine L'Engleautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Barrett, PeterImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Caruso, BarbaraNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Davis, HopeNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Dillon, DianeImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Dillon, LeoImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Lee, Jody A.Immagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Linden, Vincent van derTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Maitland, AntonyCollaboratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Nielsen, CliffImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Raskin, EllenImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Reggiani, SaraTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Richwood, SamIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Rosoff, MegIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Scaife, KeithIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Sis, PeterImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Yoo, TaeeunImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato

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"The tesseract--" Mrs. Murry whispered. "What did she mean? How could she have known?" [p.27]
Well, the fifth dimension's a tesseract...In other words, to put it into Euclid, or old-fashioned plane geometry, a straight line is not the shortest distance between two points. [p.75]
“Maybe I don’t like being different,” Meg said. “but I don’t want to be like everybody else, either.”
“You mean you’re comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?”

“Yes.” Mrs. Whatsit said. “You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you.”
The middle beast, a tremor of trepidation in his words, said "You aren't from a dark planet, are you?"
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