A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Madeleine L’Engle’s novelĀ A Wrinkle in Time was originally published in 1962. Hope Larsen adapted and illustrated this novel and published in 2012. I’ve not yet read the original, but I believe the text is comparable and the illustrations add another layer to the story.

This is a novel that I requested for my 8 year-old son to read. I recommend this to him and he read it in less than a day. Instead of waiting to get the original novel, I read the graphic novel in order to talk to him about it.

This novel follows a group of children who have to travel through time and space to save their father. Meg Murry is an ordinary child with an extraordinary brother Charlie. Their father has been missing for awhile and no one knows if he’ll return. Charlie befriends their strange neighbors and another schoolmate of Megs, all of which have strange abilities that help them communicate with other people. Its some sort of telepathy and ability to see the future combined with extreme empathy and the ability to hop through the wrinkles in space and time. The other world that they find themselves is a negative utopia with mind control and order being the goal.

Having been written in the 1960’s, there’s probably a glimpse into communism and the Cold War that I didn’t put much thought into while reading it. Its also a little similar to religions with one being knowing whats best for everyone, but I really read it with my 8 year-old in mind.

This was a fun, interesting read with a strong moral lesson that we need to stand up for what’s right and we all have the power to do that. I plan on reading the non-graphic novel after it comes, and I may put more effort into the symbolism at that point. Or maybe, I’ll just enjoy the read…

Read August 2017

The Hunter

Richard Stark’s The Hunter is the first of 24 Parker novels. Parker is the bad guy going after the slightly worse guys and not afraid to take out whomever gets in his way.

After a robbery gone awry, Parker heads to New York City to seek his revenge. In noir style, Parker is a total badass who can kill someone with a punch and is so physically intimidating that people quiver before him. They all sense or know that he would rather not kill them, but if it comes down to it, he will. While the story is quite dated (what produced in the 60’s wouldn’t be), its nice to see that there was a non misogynist anti-hero that existed during that time. Parker has no problem beating up women if he must, but he treats them equal to the men that he beats. So, while the women aren’t treated well in the novel, they are treated equally which I didn’t think was typical of this time period.

In more recent thrillers that I’ve read, the characters have gross psychological conditions which explain their behavior or at least give some insight. Starks makes no excuses or explanations for Parker’s behavior. He is who he is without apology.

I liked reading this. A bigger than life man seeking his revenge. When the bodies start piling up and his revenge doesn’t feel fulfilled, he keeps upping the ante. He goes after those who betrayed him directly and then moves on to those who profited.

Well done Parker. I hope you enjoy your downtime before the next of the 23 Parker novels begins.

Read April 2013