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Many Waters (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-08-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 162 user ratings
ISBN:0312368577
LANGUAGE:English

"This is a quite a different book in the A Wrinkle in Time Quintet series. It can be viewed as a standalone and seems to fits between books 2 and 3. Bearing in mind that it was written almost 9 years after book 1, this one is for mature teens given the themes. In an effort to not spoil the experience of this reading, all I will say is that the protagonists are the twins, Sandy and Dennis, the more ordinary Wallace children. But the adventure whilst more slow-paced had good moral lessons. And as usual, L'Engle mixed theology and science in this one as well.

I listened to this one and the narrator, Ann Marie Lee was excellent. I will be making note of her name to listen to any other books she narrates. Her voice was perfect for this novel. The only issue is that with many of names in the story it was sometimes hard to keep track.

Overall, whilst I had issues with certain topics in this novel, it was an enjoyable listen. Rating 3.5 stars
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" 4.5★ I think this one was the best in the whole Wrinkle In Time series so far! I loved that the twins fell into the time of Noah, and I loved some of the characters, and I loved reading a fictional account about the Nephilim and Seraphim. " said.

"This is the other contender for my favorite Madeleine L'Engle book. I especially love this book because of its version of the biblical story of Noah and the flood, a story that I've heard often and that loses its luster since I spent my entire childhood in Sunday School. L'Engle blends biblical ideas and stories with her own imaginative renderings of that time, like her interpretations of the seraphim and nephilim, mythical creatures like manticores, and her explanation of Noah's daughters' conspicuous absence from the ark and the Bible. It's a great read and it's always refreshing to see a familiar story in a new and meaningful light. " said.

"I just realized I accidentally skipped book 3 - ha! Oops. Well, the thing is, these books don't heavily rely on the previous books. I liked book 4 - as I enjoy creative imaginings of what life would be like in a different but similar culture; the fact that there is a biblical layer makes it all the more fascinating. I was shocked, actually, at how adult this book was, and can only imagine that some of this flies over the kids heads!? In any case, I also enjoy how the adventure just sort of ends; some things are wrapped up but others really are just left as is, and they return to normal life, and they don't tell their family... in a way, it enhances the "fairytale" aspects of L'Engle's writing. PS the other thing I really enjoyed, actually, was the way in which Faith is dealt with... as "listening to the stars singing"..." said.

"I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others in the series. Book 4 got a bit preachy. Literally. Sandy and Dennys (my fav characters in the preceding books) mistakenly go back in time to when Noah was building his arc (which, okay, I guess we can pretend like theres no question whether or not this really happened. Sure.) It's written well and it does bring up some great points about how sexist Noah's story actually is (primarily the fact that his wife and his sons wives names are never mentioned but they can name his 4 times great-grandfather.) but I wouldn't really consider it a kids book. It actually gets pretty racy and violent at times. Also there's a heavy dose of slut-shaming which was pretty uncomfortable to read.
And the Bible stuff was way off in some parts. Not terrifically well researched. But I gave it some leeway because it is a young adult book and it was written 30 years ago.
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"In a departure from the main characters of the first three books, Madeleine L'Engle's Many Waters follows Sandy and Dennys Murry, the twin brothers of the Murry family that had little to do in the first three novels. While this was unexpected, L'Engle recaptures a great deal of the mythic tone in this novel that was so clearly present in the first of her Time novels.

And it is precisely because of that mythic quality that I like this novel so much. L'Engle, who sends her protagonists back to the biblical era of Noah, uses the setting to touch more directly on the underlying theological roots that these novels have running through them. For it is here that we can see beauty and goodness in more elemental forms, yet in ways that continue to be accessible to human beings. Her clever rendering of many of the unspoken details of the Noahic story exhibits close attention to the biblical account, and creative solutions to some of its more puzzling elements.

This book touches on the grand tradition of myth-making, reminds us of the fundamental importance of the old stories, and affirms that not all change or "progress" is necessarily for the better. Truly, a wonderful novel.
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"4.5 / 5

Strangely this sci fi/fantasy/time travel/bible fanfic/ sexual awakening story is (currently, still one to go) my favourite in the Whisper in Time quintet.

It was just so odd and so weirdly sexual for a "kids" or middle grade story. The combination of different factors strangely worked for me.

This story was slow moving at times but very plot heavy and I liked how it explored the hitherto barely explored characters of Dennys and Sandy. Also the amount of imagination that went into what pre-flood times COULD have been like if unicorns and manticores and tiny mammoths existed was phenomenal. I also liked the exploring characters (including those unnamed in the Bible) and acknowledging how patriarcial the society was back then (and how the stories were as well). There's also a comparison of their times to modern times and the acknowledgement that people are people and good, bad and inbetween people have always existed and will always exist.

I also liked the struggle that Noah had in what "El" (God) was telling him and what made rational sense, like of course he would have been going crazy inside, too much so to notice even obvious things going on outside as he'd be too centered in his work and the strangeness of El's request.

This is one of those books where I get it if someone doesn't like it, because it is weird af, but it really really worked for me!
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"I started reading this out loud to my boys, but after a chapter I quickly realized that that was not going to work. This book, much to my surprise, was an adult book.

In this book the Murray twins get transported back in time to the days of Noah right before the flood. The daughters of men are cavorting with the nephilum and it is quite descriptive! These "experienced" (they actually say some other words) girls come after our Murray twins and it gets a little racy. Also the people are all 4 feet tall and they only wear loin cloths. Each time the Murray twins get to see these lovely girls they only have bottoms on and the author describes nearly every time that top half for us.

Included in the cast of characters are nephilum, seraphims, manticores, unicorns and pet mammoths the size of small dogs. Also Noah is a jerk for the first half of the book, two of his sons are not that bright, one of his daughter in laws is half nephilum, an amazingly Noah got the ark built in less than 3 moons, and he sent Japheth and his wife to go tell the people one time that the rains were coming. The author referred to the Bible as a chauvinistic account multiple times. I could go on and on about the doctrinal issues that were completely skewed.

I was disappointed in this book because it lacked the great and deep thinking that accompanied the first three "Wrinkle in Time" books. Even though in was an interesting book, I certainly didn't hate it, I still found no value in it and it will not sit on my shelf.
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