My First Book of The Year: A Wrinkle in Time – The Graphic Novel
I have finished reading my first book of the year – Hope Larson’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time – The Graphic Novel.” I was very excited to pick this up at the library on Saturday and it was fantastic.
My English class read “A Wrinkle in Time” at some point during elementary school. I remember enjoying it, but I failed to finish it when I picked it back up again as an adult. I am not a science fiction fan by any means. So even though I want to say I read it in the third grade, I really struggled with the time travel concepts, as an adult. I would just rather read something else more relaxing at the end of the day.
But Hope Larson’s graphic novel was a quick read (maybe three hours with breaks). So I was able to make it through the sci-fi elements without being bogged down and quitting. Her illustrations were captivating and it gave me a better visual sense of some pretty far out concepts expressed by L’Engle.
If you have never read a graphic novel, they are quite rewarding, especially if you are short on time. Think of them as a visually pleasing Cliff’s Notes. That is actually an unfair analysis, because it is easy to ascertain so much information from the art work that is usually conveyed in descriptive paragraphs. I am so pleased whenever I find an interesting graphic novel that does not involve Japanese anime or fighting. Believe it or not, they do exist. Memoirs tend to be my favorite.
I can’t wait to find more of Larson’s books. I hope the Greensboro Library holds all of them in their collection. I judge library system based on sophistication of their graphic novel collection.
A Wrinkle in Time is a good versus evil book. The religious overtones are incredibly subtle in this version, although they are present. This quote from L’Engle sums up her religious philosophy and is consistent with the plot of the book:
She said “I cannot believe that God wants punishment to go on interminably any more than does a loving parent. The entire purpose of loving punishment is to teach, and it lasts only as long as is needed for the lesson. And the lesson is always love.
A very good lesson, indeed.