Many Waters (Time Quintet Series #4)

Many Waters (Time Quintet Series #4)

by Madeleine L'Engle


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About the Author: Madeleine L'Engle is the author of more than forty-five books for all ages, among them the beloved A Wrinkle in Time, awarded the Newbery Medal; A Ring of Endless Light, a Newbery Honor Book; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, winner of the American Book Award; and the Austin family series of which Troubling a Star is the fifth book. L'Engle was named the 1998 recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards award, honoring her lifetime contribution in writing for teens.

Ms. L'Engle was born in 1918 in New York City, late in her parents' lives, an only child growing up in an adult world. Her father was a journalist who had been a foreign correspondent, and although he suffered from mustard gas poisoning in World War I, his work still took him abroad a great deal. Her mother was a musician; the house was filled with her parents' friends: artists, writers, and musicians. "Their lives were very full and they didn't really have time for a child," she says. "So I turned to writing to amuse myself."

When she was 12, Ms. L'Engle moved with her family to the French Alps in search of purer air for her father's lungs. She was sent to an English boarding school --"dreadful," she says. When she was 14, her family returned to America and she went to boarding school once again, Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina--which she loved. When she was 17, her father died.

Ms. L'Engle spent the next four years at Smith College. After graduating cum laude, she and an assortment of friends moved to an apartment in Greenwich Village. "I still wanted to be a writer; I always wanted to be a writer, but Ihad to pay the bills, so I went to work in the theater," she says.

Touring as an actress seems to have been a catalyst for her. She wrote her first book, The Small Rain, while touring with Eva Le Gallienne in Uncle Harry. She met Hugh Franklin, to whom she was married until his death in 1986, while they were rehearsing The Cherry Orchard, and they were married on tour during a run of The Joyous Season, starring Ethel Barrymore.

Ms. L'Engle retired from the stage after her marriage, and the Franklins moved to northwest Connecticut and opened a general store. "The surrounding area was real dairy farmland then, and very rural. Some of the children had never seen books when they began their first year of school," she remembers. The Franklins raised three children--Josephine, Maria, and Bion. Ms. L'Engle's first book in the Austin quintet, Meet the Austins, an ALA Notable Children's Book, has strong parallels with her life in the country. But she says, "I identify with Vicky rather than with Mrs. Austin, since I share all of Vicky's insecurities, enthusiasms, and times of sadness and growth."

When, after a decade in Connecticut, the family returned to New York, Ms. L'Engle rejoiced. "In some ways, I was back in the real world." Mr. Franklin resumed acting, and became well known as Dr. Charles Tyler in the television series All My Children. Two-Part Invention is Ms. L'Engle's touching and critically acclaimed story of their long and loving marriage.

The Time quintet--A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time--are among her most famous books, but it took years to get a publisher to accept A Wrinkle in Time. "Every major publisher turned it down. No one knew what to do with it," she says. When Farrar, Straus & Giroux finally accepted the manuscript, she insisted that they publish it as a children's book. It was the beginning of their children's list."

Today, Ms. L'Engle lives in New York City and Connecticut, writing at home and at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where she is variously the librarian and the writer-in-residence. "It depends from day-to-day on what they want to call me. I do keep the library collection--largely theology, philosophy, a lot of good reference books--open on a volunteer basis."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374347970
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 01/28/1987
Series: Time Quintet Series , #4
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(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


Smith College, 1941

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"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.
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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.
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