Many have speculated on what IT represents, and one is tempted to associate IT with Communism, especially considering the time in which the book was written. Honestly, the way IT and the Shadow are characterized – it’s not hard to make that conclusion. In a broader sense though, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin are fighting for freedom of expression and for the recognition of the beauty and goodness inherent in each being. This becomes more clear upon reading the remaining three novels in L’Engle’s Time Quartet: Wrinkle, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters, which features Meg’s twin brothers Dennys and Sandy. (There is a fifth book in the cycle, theoretically, called An Acceptable Time. It was published in 1989, and because I was past the age of easy magic, it wasn’t burnished with the same glow as the other four books.)
If you enjoy classic children’s fiction, read this book and the rest of the companion titles mentioned. Once you read it (or if you have already read it), I would love to hear what you think.
Reading, at its heart, is such a solitary pursuit. After falling in love with a book as a child, pre-internet, with no idea of the book’s fame or history and no one to share it with, it’s so gratifying to learn that others have been falling in love with it for years. Thanks, Ms. L’Engle.