Ava DuVernay's adaptation of Madeleine L & # 39; Engle's A Wrinkle in Time hit theaters yesterday, and although the film has not received the best of reviews, it's a classic novel that has inspired readers in its 56th year since its launch. A couple of years ago, the British publisher Folio Society published its own edition, complete with original works of art by Sam Richwood and an introduction by author Meg Rosoff.
Like the other editions that the editor has produced over the years, his edition of A Wrinkle in Time is a beautiful volume, in part because of Richwood's illustrations. He tells The Verge that he found the book a charming "story of overcoming evil, executed in a strange and wonderful way."
A Wrinkle in Time was first published in 1962, and follows the adventures of a young woman named Meg Murray, who is leaving with her brother, a friend and three witches to find her missing father, who traveled the universe. The book elegantly combines concepts such as quantum physics, science fiction and fantasy.
When it came to approaching the work of art for the Folio edition, Richwood says he had to restrain himself: "The scenes in the book are so open and vast that I had to remind myself of the final size of the illustrations." He says he finally decided to "concentrate on the characters and let them tell the story."
In his introduction to the novel, Rosoff explains that the story of L & # 39; Engle was rejected by more than 20 publishers. It was "too strange, too rebellious, too difficult to pigeonhole, too full of ideas, too streaky, too far ahead of its time, too different." She tells The Verge that it is L & # 39; Engle's respect for the intellect of her younger readers that has led to the enduring appeal of the novel: "There is a current theory in the publication that needs to talk to teenagers about his day- the current experience: school, bullying, relationships, drugs, "she says. But children often are not only worried about what awaits them. "L & # 39; Engle understood that many children are dealing with much bigger questions: Who am I, why am I here, what do I believe in, what kind of person will I be?
These are all the questions that the book explores, and even more than half a century later, the novel still finds traction with today's young readers. Rosoff points out that the book is a particularly explicit opponent of conformity, and deals with concepts that arise from that mentality, such as "how it feels to be a stranger, how to think about the universe, how to recognize and combat evil", all while encouraging to readers to confront difficult ideas.