Monday, 13 February 2012

A Wrinkle In Time

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Madeleine L’Engle’s seminal work A Wrinkle In Time.

Which I have only ever heard of, never seen or read.

So I have no idea if Faith Erin Hicks's summary of a key section is in any way accurate.

Anyway, it's about time travel and dystopian futures and archetypal more-than-human figures including "Mrs Whatsit", "Mrs Who", and "Mrs Which", and it's fifty years old, so it may be relevant. I dunno, you tell me.


  1. Ish a bit.

    The Mrs three are certainly demigod-like aliens of inscrutable origin with a penchant for shrouding themselves in mortal form and shabby clothes and jaunting about the universe via semi-incomprehensible science, but they tend to take a backseat to Meg and the two boys doing the heroic heavy lifting.

    It's certainly worth a read if you find a copy in your local public library.

    1. Ish a bit again.

      Where the First Doctor was that wandering gentleman scientist who got the travelers into trouble, Mrs Whatsit and her colleagues are more like prodding guides. They deliberately bring the children to decision points that, apparently, they have to make, not their guides.

      I should go back and reread it with an adult's eye. It's been a long time.