A Swiftly Tilting Planet


Facts:
Date finished: 7-28-08
Author: Madeline L’Engle
Category: Children’s, fantasy
Published: 1978
Pages: 278
Rating: 4/5

Basic Plot:

My assessment:
I didn’t realize when I picked this up that it was part of a series that included A Wrinkle in Time. I remember (vaguely) reading/being read that book when I was a kid, but I don’t remember much about the story. Sadly, this is the first time I can remember picking up L’Engle since then. Shame on me! I enjoyed this one, although I now realize that I might enjoy it more if I read it in sequence with the other books.

This really was a slightly eerie fantasy that focused on the ways our decisions and choices impact the future. However, it wasn’t ever really clear just what kinds of changes were being made in the past by Charles Wallace that would change the Murrays present. Because the story was often told without him, even though he was “within”, you often forgot that he was having any influence. There was also the odd continuity issues where the unicorns didn’t realize something would happen and yet, apparently, in the present story, they already had. So why would the unicorns have been surprised? Confusing. But overall worth the read. Just start at the beginning, OK?

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