LBC - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

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A Wrinkle in Time is a children's fantasy novel, written by Madeleine L'Engle, and first published in 1962.

The story is about two children, accompanied by a friend, who search through space and time for their father. It involves an evil (known as The Black Thing) that is expanding through the universe, tesseracts and multiple dimensions.

LOST References

  • This is one of the novels that Sawyer reads on the Island. He read the 1976 commemorative edition by Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers (cover art by Cliff Nielsen). ("Numbers")
  • Later, in Sawyer's flash sideways, this book is seen on his dresser in a pile with two other books. ("Recon")

The Author

Madeleine L'Engle (November 29, 1918 – September 6, 2007) was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in modern science.

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The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called, but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty....

—1 Corinthians 1:25–28

The Characters

Primary Human Characters

Meg Murray is the outcast of the family and also the oldest child of scientists Alex and Kate Murry.
Charles Wallace Murry is the youngest Murry child, the most extraordinary and the most vulnerable of the novel's human characters, and the youngest to journey to Camazotz.
Calvin O'Keefe is the third oldest of Paddy and Branwen O'Keefe's eleven children, a tall, thin, red-haired 14-year-old high school junior who plays on the school basketball team and is one of the popular boys in high school.

Primary Immortal Characters

Mrs. Whatsit is first described as an elderly woman wrapped in layers of clothes and first appears in chapter one.
Mrs. Who is described as a plump woman with spectacles.
Mrs. Which first appears at the end of Chapter 3. She is the wisest of, and the clear leader of the three women, and upon appearing, immediately demonstrates her vast knowledge of understanding in tesseract travel.
The Man with Red Eyes (whose actual name is never revealed) is a being who Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin encounter on their quest to rescue Meg and Charles Wallace's father on the planet Camazotz.
IT is the bodiless telepathic brain that dominates the planet of Camazotz.

Secondary Human Characters

Dr. Alex Murry is an astrophysicist, researching the mysteries of the space/time continuum, specifically five-dimensional means of travel between planets.
Dr. Kate Murry is a microbiologist, wife of Dr. Alexander Murry, and mother of the four Murry children.
Alexander "Sandy" Murry and his twin brother Dennys are the middle children in the Murry family, older than Charles Wallace but younger than Meg.
Dionysus "Dennys" Murry is the twin of Sandy Murry. Dennys and his twin are usually inseparable, with Dennys generally following Sandy's lead.

Supporting Alien Characters

The Happy Medium lives in a cavern on a planet in Orion's Belt.
Aunt Beast is a character who takes care of Meg on the planet Ixchel.

Discussion Points

  • Why do you think the creators and writers were inspired by this story?
  • What is unique about the setting of the story?
Does this setting enhance or take away from the story?
  • What specific themes are discovered throughout the story?
Do you see any themes also relating to the story of LOST?
What is the message conveyed by the story themes?
  • Do the characters seem real and believable?
Which characters remind you of similar characters in LOST?
Are their predicaments similar to any in LOST?
  • How do characters change or evolve in the story?
What triggers those changes?
What are the similarities and differences with LOST characters?
  • What are the philosophical views portrayed in the story?
How is it the same/different from LOST's philosophical view?
  • Do you see any metaphors or symbolism in the characters, themes, philosophy, or setting of this book?
How are they similar or different to metaphors/symbolism in LOST?

Discussion Guidelines

  • Keep the discussion related to the specific book and related LOST content
  • Be specific and provide examples to back up your point of view.
  • To make the discussion more interesting, feel free to ask your own questions.
  • Please be considerate of all points of view.
  • Encourage participation.

Happy Reading and Thanks!

--Just Sayin' JSTalk LBC LBCTalk eMail 16:34, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

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