Mighty Red Pen

September 8, 2007

This wrinkle in time

Filed under: Lit review,Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 7:37 pm

Just wanted to mention that Madeleine L’Engle passed away Thursday. Her books, in particular A Wrinkle in Time, have stayed with me since I read them as a mighty red crayon. Reading L’Engle (as well as Lloyd Alexander and L.M. Montgomery) opened countless doors of imagination and inspiration.

I vividly remember Meg Murry, also her dog Fortinbras (before I knew who Fortinbras was), and the eerie scene when the kids arrived in Camazotz and everything was oddly synchronized.

If L’Engle touched you, feel free to comment, or share memories of books you read as a kid that really moved you.



  1. So sad! I read “A Wrinkle in Time” for the first time in 5th grade (I’m in college now). I read all of the Murray kids books (the ones after “Wrinkle”). Amazing books!

    Comment by Alex — September 10, 2007 @ 7:38 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks, Alex. I read the rest of them (A Swiftly Tilting Planet was one) but A Wrinkle in Time was the one that really made an impression on me. I can even still picture the cover!

    Comment by mightyredpen — September 11, 2007 @ 7:18 pm | Reply

  3. I was saddened by her passing as well. I am rather pleased by the fact that, despite being initially rejected as too cerebral for the intended audience, our friend in common who performed my marriage managed to work it back into the ceremony.

    “A Wrinkle In Time” is one of those books I read first as a very young man and then again much more recently as an adult. It’s a testament to any book when it can be read a second time years later and inspire and enlighten the reader all over again.

    Comment by A Bull In The China Shop of Life — September 18, 2007 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  4. I vividly remember by fourth grade teacher, Mr. Triolo (who pretended he was an alien from the planet Greesh) reading “Wrinkle” aloud to us. I can hear him saying “Meg” in the father’s voice and it breaks my heart. I think this was the start of my love of written sci-fi – and you KNOW what a sci-fi geek I am!

    Comment by Occasionally wields a green pen — September 25, 2007 @ 9:30 pm | Reply

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