A Reader’s Guide to the Magical Works of Madeleine L’Engle by Keith Rice
This article has been published on the Signature website. It begins:
It’s hard to forget the first time you read something that feels truly original. A friend gave me a copy of A Wrinkle in Time in the fifth grade and the heady combination of science fiction and fantasy felt like a revelation. It was challenging and thought-provoking and unlike anything I’d read before. Much of the religious subtext and symbolism was lost on me, but that would all come with later readings.
With her Time Quintet, Madeleine L’Engle crafted one of children/YA literature’s most layered and enduring tales and created an extraordinary interconnected universe that spanned multiple novels and three series. It was a stunning achievement that combined L’Engle’s deep Christian faith with her natural curiosity and the complexities of the Theory of Relativity, Cosmology, Physics – not exactly a common mix of things. Of course, the arguable downside of being the author of such an influential piece of literature is that other works can be overshadowed. While most are familiar with A Wrinkle in Time, the sheer breadth and variety of L’Engle’s career can get lost in the shuffle.