Many Waters (Time Quintet Series #4)

Many Waters (Time Quintet Series #4)

by Madeleine L'Engle

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Overview

The third book in Madeleine L'Engle's spellbinding A Wrinkle in Time Quintet.

"Another provocative spellbinding tale.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

Some things have to be believed to be seen.

Sandy and Dennys have always been the normal, run-of-the-mill ones in the extraodinary Murry family. They garden, make an occasional A in school, and play baseball. Nothing especially interesting has happened to the twins until they accidentally interrupt their father's experiment.

Then the two boys are thrown across time and space. They find themselves alone in the desert, where, if they believe in unicorns, they can find unicorns, and whether they believe or not, mammoths and manticores will find them.

The twins are rescued by Japheth, a man from the nearby oasis, but before he can bring them to safety, Dennys gets lost. Each boy is quickly embroiled in the conflicts of this time and place, whose populations includes winged seraphim, a few stray mythic beasts, perilous and beautiful nephilim, and small, long lived humans who consider Sandy and Dennys giants. The boys find they have more to do in the oasis than simply getting themselves home—they have to reunite an estranged father and son, but it won't be easy, especially when the son is named Noah and he's about to start building a boat in the desert.

Praise for Many Waters:

“Sandy and Dennys, twins and middle children in the Newbery-winning A Wrinkle in Time, are transported to the time just before the Flood. . . This will be enjoyed for its suspense and humor as well as its other levels of meaning.” —Kirkus Reviews

“L'Engle blends speculative fiction with biblical theology to create another provocative spellbinding tale.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

Books by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wind in the Door

A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Many Waters

An Acceptable Time

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle; adapted & illustrated by Hope Larson: A graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic.

Intergalactic P.S. 3 by Madeleine L'Engle; illustrated by Hope Larson: A standalone story set in the world of A Wrinkle in Time!

The Austin Family Chronicles

Meet the Austins (Volume 1)

The Moon by Night (Volume 2)

The Young Unicorns (Volume 3)

A Ring of Endless Light (Volume 4) A Newbery Honor book!

Troubling a Star (Volume 5)

The Polly O'Keefe books

The Arm of the Starfish

Dragons in the Waters

A House Like a Lotus

And Both Were Young

Camilla

The Joys of Love

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312368579
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Series: Time Quintet Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,249
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.98(d)
Age Range: 11 - 15 Years

About the Author

Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L'Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts. Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L'Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.

Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L'Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.

Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L'Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Date of Birth:

January 12, 1918

Date of Death:

September 6, 2007

Place of Birth:

New York, NY

Place of Death:

Litchfield, CT

Education:

Smith College, 1941

Read an Excerpt

"When are we going home?" Meg asked anxiously. "What about Mother? What about the twins? They'll be terribly worried about us. When we didn't come in at bedtime—well, Mother must be frantic by now. She and the twins and Fort will have been looking and looking for us, and or course we aren't there to be found!"

"Now, don't worry, my pet," Mrs. Whatsit said cheerfully. "We took care of that before we left. Your mother has had enough to worry her with you and Charles to cope with, and not knowing about your father, without our adding to her anxieties. We took a time wrinkle as well as a space wrinkle. It's very easy to do if you just know how."


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Copyright 1998 by Madeleine L'Engle

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Many Waters 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best book in the entire Wrinkle in Time Quartet! It was the most interesting and certainly a page-turner. I loved it and if you liked A Wrinkle in Time, you have to read this book as well!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow this book is amazing! The book kept me thinking every time I turned the page and that is what a good book does to you. The characters are amazing and breath taking and they have this thing that pulls you into the story and makes you fell like you lived the story. It truly is amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I first read this book, it instantly became my favorite in the quartet along with A Wrinkle in Time. I love how the twins finally get to have an adventure since they're the run of the mills in the family. Most of the characters have really good chemistry. There's conflict which keeps you reading on. There are moments while reading when you come across a paragraph and it makes you appreciate life a bit more. That's really how much this book means. The characters grow on you, making them part of your life, in a way. Over all, the book is fantastic, I recommend it to anyone with an imagination.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Can+never+get+enough+of+the+Murry+family%2C+and+no+matter+how+many+times+I+read+and+reread+the+series%2C+the+experience+is+always+new.
puttocklibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Although I'm not a fan of most biblically based stories, this one was an interesting enough take on the basic story to catch my interest. I also enjoyed the opportunity to get to know two of the lesser-known Murry siblings, and I found it to an interesting journey through the maturing process of two teenage boys.
rakerman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Appalling. Do not read this book.In particular if you enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time, don't read this book.This book is like some crazy junk written by a completely different author.
TheMightyQuinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the 'best' four by Madeleine L'Engle. Sandy and Dennis are the twin younger brothers of Meg Murry. They are transported back in time by a computer program built by their father, on the backs of unicorns, and find themselves in the midst of the Noah's ark tale. Recommend for Middle school and up. Some people are confused by philosophical/physics elements of the series.
readafew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Many Waters is the 4th book in the Time Quintet series. This book the twins Sandy and Denny get their turn at an adventure. After accidentally interfering with an experiment their dad had in progress they find themselves sent to the middle of the desert, and slowly discover they've gone back in time, before the great flood. They make friends with Noah and his family as well as meet a host of interesting people and animals.Overall, a fun quick read and I don't think it was as good as the last one A Swiftly Tilting Planet. The time line seemed a little weak and inconsistent and the point of the whole story seemed to be the twins growing up into men and making grow-up decisions. The strange thing is the book seems to imply support for both a young earth and evolution. It also has a few other mutually exclusive ideas presented. A fun little story but not very deep.
HippieLunatic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Many Waters solidified in my mind what makes L'Engle a talented writer, being able to explore Noah's world without feeling as though a religious message was taking the focus from the story.As with other novels by L'Engle, there was a fair amount of science interspersed with the story, and there were a few pages I found myself either reading multiple times to find some comprehension or skipping after a brief scan to make sure there was nothing major related to the plot that I was missing in the pages.Even with these moments of science, which distracted me from the important story of Dennys and Sandy (the Murray twins who were only on the sidelines of the other novels of the Time Quartet), the story was still a fun read. An exploration of a world of which they are vaguely cognizant through passed Sunday School classes, the comprehension that reality is defined within the moment of experience, these are the themes I was so in love with.Yes, the story ends before many of my questions regarding the flood could be answered. Yes, there were some pages that dragged a bit, and the exploration of the names of the nephilim got to be a bit too long-winded for me. Even with these faults, though, Many Waters was perhaps my favorite of the series. I was more at home within the story of the boys out of place within time, more at home within the story of intelligent characters but not super-geniuses.
gillis.sarah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Second favorite Time Quartet book. I find it really interesting because of Madeleine L'Engle's interpretation of pre-flood society. A lot of her books that I've read deal with religious or theological themes, but this is the one that explores it most literally. Also, it's a good book.
NocturnalBlue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved Madeline L'Engle when I was younger. Still do. However, when I reread this book, I noticed a bit of prudishness that somehow went over my 10 year old head. Still, I love how L'Engle attempts to reconcile science and faith, showing that they are not mutually exclusive. She succeeds more often than not. Not the strongest of the time quartet, but certainly not the weakest (that title belongs to A Swiftly Tilting Planet).
jd234512 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was quite an interesting book and once again, Madeline fails to let me down. Although this wasn't necessarily one of the better books I've read by her, it still has many parts that point to the wonderful lady she is as well as the incredible ideology that she upholds. She has a way of putting more to a story.
baggette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like this book and the ending was truly a surprise. Knowing the traditional fable of Noah, I kept wondering how this could end happily. Worth the read, just to keep you guessing.
Jim53 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this fourth volume of L'Engle's "Time Trilogy," the twins get their turn. The "ordinary" brothers of the exceptional Meg and Charles Wallace Murray mess with an experiment and are transported to a strange desert. When they meet Japheth, the alert reader realizes what's going on: they have found their way into the story of Noah and the flood.While unexceptional in our time, the twins find they can speak the Old Language and, when they listen, understand messages from the stars. They meet seraphim and nephilim, and both fall in love with Noah's youngest daughter, Yalith. They learn that sometimes tending a garden and waiting patiently is what is called for, and that when it comes to unicorns, believing is seeing, rather than vice versa.L'Engle manages to make simple things deeply moving. She mixes in her ideas about science, magic, and faith without making them intrusive. As always, her theme is the power of love to overcome all obstacles. Highly recommended.
lcrouch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was so sorry to see this one end. Ms. L'Engle incorporated the the story of Noah and the flood so perfectly, giving us Noah and his family, including forebears, as living, breathing human beings.
AlexTheHunn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I became entranced with L'Engle's writing back in the 60s. I first read A Wrinkle in Time in jr high and thought it was delightful. Even now, as a non-believing adult, I find that her work holds up well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It is not long nor does it have what has come to be known as mature language(profanity, extreme sexuality). It is extremely enjoyable however, and is the kind of book that I will not only recommend, but giveas a gift. Indeed, I have already given a hardcopy edition as a gift(along with the others in the series).
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OK This story is not boring to one who understands. This book is highly complex(as with most of these books) and dwells on unknown theroys and ideas. The people that they are sent to are the people of Noah as in Noah and the ark. Mind you that ths is not a religious book and does not name these people directly. The reason they are short is that over the ages men have been growing taller troghout the centuries through evolution. An average sized woman today would be as tall as a grown man in the Dark Ages during the Apostosy. The seriphim and nephilim are an unknown topic that is mentioned in the bible only once or twice each. This book is mainly the author portraying her idea of these mighty beings. I doubt that her interpertation is correct but some of her previous theroys do exist in the world today(the complex tesseract(not Avengers tesseract!) This book does have a story line of astounding interest and is one of my favorites.(Besides HEROES OF OLYMPUS AND SISTERS GRIMM.)These points of the seripim,nephalim,and the people are only meant for those who know of them but knowing does help to understand. PLEASE ENJOY THIS BOOK and I highky recomend the others.(The first two are my favorites.) -TEAM LEO LONG LIVE THE TRICKSTER KING!
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While I was reading the first three books, I was wondering when they would get thre own book. Here it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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