A Swiftly Tilting Planet

A Swiftly Tilting Planet

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In A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L'Engle, a companion to the Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in the Door , fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo. They are not alone in their quest. Charles Wallace's sister, Meg--grown and expecting her first child, but still able to enter her brother's thoughts and emotions by "kything"--goes with him in spirit. Charles Wallace must face the ultimate test of his faith and his will as he is sent within fourpeople from another time, there to search for a way to avert the tragedy threatening them all.
Publisher: Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd. JAN 1978
ISBN: 9780312368562
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 2017
Characteristics: 320 p

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Starpoem
May 17, 2017

This is a complicated book. I first read it many years ago, as a kid. But I got a LOT more out of it after rereading it as an adult.

My favorite parts were:

* the slightly grumpy unicorn
* the overall idea of people working together for peace
* the fact that the table of contents forms a poem--such a clever idea

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JEM_LPL
Mar 19, 2017

If you happen to see me murmuring under my breath “At Tara in this fateful hour...”, please rest assured that I haven’t mistaken our new library for Scarlett O’Hara’s old digs; I’m just reciting the rune from Madeline L’Engle’s science fiction “A Swiftly Tilting Planet”. It’s the third in her “Time” quartet, but it can be read as a stand alone, and it’s the most accessible of her novels.
It opens with the Murray family about to celebrate Thanksgiving, when they hear about a vicious dictator named “Mad Dog” Branzillo is about to plunge the world into nuclear war. (Hmmm....an erratic, power-crazed world leader in charge of nuclear weapons. Nah, that’d never happen. ;) Before you can say “Quantum Leap copied us!” the teenage genius Charles Wallace Murray is riding a winged unicorn named Gaudior through time so they can avert the atomic holocaust.
I think a “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” deserves a shout out during Women’s History month for two reasons; L’Engle wrote it in 1978, when science fiction was still considered a man’s domain, plus the old lady whom most of the characters disdain and disregard proves to be the ultimate savior of the world. True, Madoc’s song “When will come the Old Man’s daughter?” is corny, and the repeated emphasis on blue eyes sounds vaguely racist now. However, the theme and the rune will haunt many readers, and the closing paragraph still packs a punch today.

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Reyna_Avila_Grace
Jun 24, 2015

I really loved this book except at times it was confusing to me. There were so many Zillahs and Brans and I couldn't remember if this person was earlier in time then that one. But if it was easier for me keep track I would have liked it better than A Wrinkle in Time, WitD is my favourite so far

hania4987 Aug 11, 2014

"The world has been abnormal for so long that we've forgotten what it's like to live in a peaceful and reasonable climate. If there is to be any peace or reason, we have to create it in our own hearts and homes.”
― Madeleine L'Engle, A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Wizard786 Jun 11, 2014

Nothing can surpass a wrinkle in time it is aazing but read this book! another great book from L'Engle!

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SCayleeB
May 25, 2014

A diehard fan of L'Engle and her writing, I was nonetheless astonished at how extraordinary this novel is! I was not expecting anything to surpass L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time", but this did the trick. At times I barely understood it, but could not ever put it down. Completely absorbing, enthralling, irresistible, I recommend this novel to anyone who has had a taste of L'Engle's writing already (I recommend reading "A Wrinkle in Time" first) and craves an epic adventure with amazing characters and plot, not to mention deep and resonating theme. From beginning to end this book is great. I am very satisfied.

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Jun 24, 2015

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Jun 24, 2015

"Hate hurts the hater more'n the hated." -Grandmother of Beezie

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