1975 Book Cover --$1.25!
"All things work together for good
to them that love God,
to them that are called according to his purpose."
To say that the film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's novel, A Wrinkle in Time, is a disaster would be harsh, but disappointing would be honest, given the poor reviews and box office. It's fascinating that an award-winning children's book, a solid cast, and a fine director couldn't come together for more than 40% on Rotten Tomatoes.
I doubt that I'll see the film but I decided to read the book. We were big fans of L'Engle's writing in her heyday, reading her novels for adults and her journals, which were very good. We still want to visit the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City where she was the librarian for over thirty years and eventually writer-in-residence.
L'Engle's 2007 New York Times obituary describes the challenge she faced in getting this novel published:
“A Wrinkle in Time” was rejected by 26 publishers before editors at Farrar, Straus & Giroux read it and enthusiastically accepted it. It proved to be her masterpiece, winning the John Newbery Medal as the best children’s book of 1963 and selling, so far, eight million copies...