Following is the synopsis on GoodReads (to refresh your memories 😉 ):
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.
Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?
That opening line, “It was a dark and stormy night…” UGH. That made me cringe. I’m sure I loved it when I was a kid though.
I can’t remember when, precisely, I read this for the first time, but I was much younger. I missed a lot. I remember the fantasy, and I remember liking and hating Meg, especially when Charles Wallace gets trapped on another planet. She was very, very whiny and selfish, and that was irritating to me, even as a child. (It still is.)
What I had forgotten, or perhaps not realized when I first read this, is how overtly religious the text is. I have to say, that really rubbed me the wrong way. I can’t stand preachy literature, and that’s what this felt like, and in a science fiction/fantasy novel no less. I suppose it made sense at the time of publication, but I just can’t see this book coming out today and being well-received by a general audience. Maybe that’s just my own biased opinion — it likely is. Regardless, I think this would only have a place in a Christian book store were it published today.
Despite the religiosity, I was swept up into the fantastical world of tessering and exploring the fifth dimension with Meg and crew. My favorite character was, and remains, Aunt Beast. She just makes me envision warmth and safety, and I love her name! Aunt Beast forever!
I’m excited to see the movie when it comes out in March. I think it will be interesting to see how Hollywood interprets this whimsical and antiquated little novel. I decided to read this again this year to check off one of the requirements for the Read Harder 2018 challenge. Actually, it checks off two requirements: #3, A Classic of Genre Fiction, and #11, A Children’s Classic Published Before 1980.
Read Harder stats: 4/24