Creative writing is complicated. Creative writing that is both intelligent and that can be read by a broad range of audiences is an insurmountable task and creative writing that incorporates over 10 different languages, multiple quotes, science fiction, and a Biblical message is impossible. Madeline L’Engle has done the impossible.
L’Engle wrote A Wrinke in Time in 1968 and the message she tried to convery over 30 years ago was still just as relevant today: Don’t give in to the powers of The Black Thing. L’Engle uses fun characters such as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which to take you on a journey through time and that journey will be filled with magical creatures and unimaginable tales, but in the end it will open your eyes to concepts that you may have never even thought of before.
C.S. Lewis and Tolkien both wrote allegories but neither used so many languages and large texts of scripture. L’Engle does it effortlessly and packages it so nicely that it isn’t distracting or too obvious.
If you haven’t read anything amazing lately I highly recomment A Wrinkle in Time. It has been the most educational thing that I have read, other than the Bible, since I finished To Kill a Mockingbird last year.