Many Waters

Many Waters Some things have to be believed to be seen Sandy and his twin brother Dennys are the practical down to earth members of the Murry family They have never paid much attention to their scientist paren

  • Title: Many Waters
  • Author: Madeleine L'Engle
  • ISBN: 9780312368579
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • Some things have to be believed to be seen.Sandy and his twin brother, Dennys, are the practical, down to earth members of the Murry family They have never paid much attention to their scientist parents talk of highly theoretical things like tesseracts and farondalae But now something has happened to Sandy and Dennys that drastically stretches their powers of belief AnSome things have to be believed to be seen.Sandy and his twin brother, Dennys, are the practical, down to earth members of the Murry family They have never paid much attention to their scientist parents talk of highly theoretical things like tesseracts and farondalae But now something has happened to Sandy and Dennys that drastically stretches their powers of belief And, when disaster threatens the oasis where they have made their home, can they find a way back to their own time Many Waters is the fourth book in Madeleine L Engle s classic Time Quintet.

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    1. Yes, there will be spoilers, but, seriously, it doesn't matter, because you don't want to read this book.All right. So this book deals with Sandy and Dennys, who have been little better than side characters in the other books. They are Meg and Charles Wallace's "normal" brothers. Twins. It also takes place prior to A Swiftly Tilting Planet, while the twins are sports stars in high school. The impression I got is that they are probably juniors and about 17 years old. Basically, the boys walk into [...]

    2. Just barely edged out as my favorite book in the series (right behind "A swiftly Tilting Planet"). Tells a story less concerned with love and justice and all about the hard choices that people (and deities) make in a flawed world.An out and out retelling of the Biblical Deluge from the point of view of two modern teenagers. Unique in that it makes no apology for all the fantastical stuff the Bible referred to in antediluvian times. Angels getting it own with the village girls, men who live for c [...]

    3. It always amuses me when people say "coming of age story" when what they really mean is "sexual awakening". And don't be confused, there *is* a difference. Take for instance Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 film Spirited Away, this is a great example of a coming of age film. Yes, the protagonist Chihiro does meet a certain dragon/boy she may like more than a friend but this is not what pushes the character development, what pushes her to "grow up" are the lessons she learns about hard work, sacrifice and c [...]

    4. I enjoy L'Engle's books, for the most part. This one was no exception, but my favorites will always be A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind In The Door, since they don't have the main problem this and A Swiftly Tilting Planet do, mainly the fact that the twins in this one and Charles Wallace in Planet don't really DO anything. Sure, they go to a different time and place, but then what? They just wait to go back home. That's not to say that the book was written poorly, it just feels like there was not mu [...]

    5. No one seems to acknowledge these books as much as A Wrinkle in Time, but this one was by far my favorite. And maybe this is an overreaction, but I thought this one story was really beautiful. I really liked the Biblical time that the twins Sandy and Dennys went back to, and how in that time, angels were on the earth with humans. It was interesting that they could take the form of an animal, and it was clear that the Seraphim were good and the Nephilim evil. There were so many characters in this [...]

    6. so this was the first of all the books which made me realize while i was reading it that it was all christian imagery. i mean, the arc and all - noah hard to miss, right? and that's what people say about aslan - just a jesus allegory - but i didn't have any christian education as a child, so i missed all of that. and most people say the same "when i was a kid i didn't realize it had all that christian metaphor." which i think means that in effect, it didn't. if we don't know the corresponding re [...]

    7. You know that sliver of Genesis between the interminable lists of old dudes ("And Methuselah lived 969 years, blah blah blah") and the tempestuous God-rage era of Noah and the Flood? Yeah, that's the setting for this book. Sandy and Dennys, the unbearably logical Vulcan-esque children of Mr. and Mrs. Murry, end up in biblical times through an accidental encounter with their parents' magic computer. Noah's son, Japheth, rescues them from the desert heat with the help of two unicorns (more unicorn [...]

    8. fascinating blend of science, mythology and Bible epicIn this adventure, the twins Sandy and Dennys take center stage. They are thrust into the prehistoric world before the Great Flood and encounter early civilized men, supernatural beings like the seraphim and nephilim, as well as creatures like the mammoth, manticores, griffiths and unicorns. Along with the mythic elements, it's an incredible coming of age story. The usually inseparable twins are actually apart for most of the story both physi [...]

    9. Many Waters, the fourth book in Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet, continues to follow the fantastic time/space travel exploits of the Murry family. Instead of focusing on Meg and Charles Wallace, however, this novel is about their “normal” siblings Sandy and Dennys. The twins have always been the ordinary members of the extraordinary Murry family and haven’t taken part in previous adventures, but when they fool around with their father’s computer and inadvertently mess up his experim [...]

    10. Still reflecting on this one. It's so lyrical, thoughtful, and strange. Nothing like the other Time books. Though L'Engle uses simple language and descriptions, the world she paints has so much contrast and so many unexpected elements that I was wholly immersed, thinking about it even when I wasn't reading - and it's been awhile since that happened.If you're anticipating this to be a piece of preachy historical Bible-fiction because of the subject matter, you'll be surprised, as I was. It never [...]

    11. Many Waters is the fourth book in Madeleine L’Engle’s TIME quintet. The previous three books, A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet have all focused on Meg Murray and her strange little brother Charles Wallace as they travel through time and space. Many Waters is completely different. In this story, Meg’s twin brothers Sandy and Dennis mess with a computer in their mother’s lab and get blasted back to the time of Noah before he built the ark. From there the [...]

    12. It was such a dissapointment in comparison to the first three books in the series which I enjoyed greatly. Unfortunatly it focused on the two most boring, flat characters in the series and was such a terrible read, it took me 3 years to finally bring myself to finish it. I love the author and her writing, but this particular book was not to my liking and very dissapointing. I feel that it really let the series down.

    13. I am surprised how much I enjoyed this, since I found the first 3 pretty mediocre. This is my favourite so far. One more to go. I suspect it had to do with the twins and Yalith's little romance. It was very interesting.

    14. This book. This book! From the first time I read it maybe four or five years ago, I adored it, and I admire Madeleine L'Engle so much for having the brains and creativity to craft a story so brilliant, so bold, so just-absolutely-magnificent - I can never have enough words. This book is hands-down, pants-down my favorite of the Time Quintet series, and ties for my favorite-ever L'Engle with A Ring of Endless Light, which, surprise! is also full of absolutely luminous prose and a glorious plot. T [...]

    15. 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 mentione [...]

    16. 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 u [...]

    17. 2.5 StarsThe Murray twins take the spotlight for the first time in this book, which actually seems to be taking place somewhere between book 2 and 3 (as Meg isn’t yet married, and Sandy and Dennys are supposed to be in high school during this installment.) After accidentally interrupting an experiment, the boys are thrown back to some version of the pre-global flood days. In a strange oasis, they encounter Noah and his family—just prior to the building of the famed ark—along with some of t [...]

    18. Many Waters is, in many ways, a retelling of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark, with a science fiction twist. Following twins Sandy and Dennis in the aftermath of a mishap in their mother’s lab, the twins are sent back in time to world thousands of years before life as they know it. In a world divided between humans, Nephilim and Seraphim, Sandy and Dennis stick out like a sore thumb, and there’s a strong undercurrent of hate towards the twins, both seen as a threat and a useful ally, as th [...]

    19. I've always thought that Madeline L'Engle had a way of transporting readers to different dimensions with an interesting level of detail and intrigue in her writing and overall works. "Many Waters" was no exception, though the story is quite different from the usual "Time Quartet" travels, in that it has more biblical ties and features a set of characters who hadn't previously ventured on their own dimensional travels in the primary storyline with Meg and Charles Wallace.Enter Sandy and Dennys, t [...]

    20. The final book of the "Time" quartet, of which I really only loved the first two. Still, this one was entertaining and with a new approach that is, in its way, just as mind-bendingly fantastic as the others.Twin brothers Sandy and Dennys, who have so far avoided most of the strange adventures that have ensnared their sister and little brother, are finally in for one. Poking around in their mother and father's lab, they decide to inspect one of the ongoing experiments, despite its warning sign. A [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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; [...]

    24. I've been working through the series, and although I liked this one better than its predecessor, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, the main characters are often reduced to passive observers of other characters. In addition I am confused as to what kind of universe L'Engle has created. As another reviewer pointed out, she seems to want a universe that is both young and old. At times geologic process that would occur over millions of years are accounted for in thousands. There are some interesting notions [...]

    25. Yeah, no matter what anyone says, this book is NOT part of the "Time Trilogy." I'm sorry. There is NO "Time Quadrilogy." No. This book? NOT in the canon. All I remember was that there is a horrific birthing scene with a gigantic, cone-shaped head that scarred me for life and, as my friend puts it, made me do involuntary kegels at the reading of it. This is the "Just the Ten of Us" to the REAL series' "Growing Pains," the "Joanie Loves Chachi" to "Happy Days." NO. It is "Three's a Crowd" to "Thre [...]

    26. Many Waters is the fourth book in Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time series. This is one of the more fascinating blends of Science Fiction and Fantasy that I've read because it also incorporates some Biblical history. Two high school age children travel back in time to meet Noah and his family just before the world-wide flood. The issues of good vs. evil as well as free will and cultural difference are all explored through this extremely well written book. I found myself thinking about my own [...]

    27. 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' cons [...]

    28. "A Wrinkle in Time" is one of my favorite books ever. L'engle's imagination is singular, and her ability to pull the reader into her imagined world is also unique. "Many Waters" is the fourth book in the "Wrinkle in Time" series, and it fits well into the aesthetic and tone of every book before it, which is a wonderful thing. The pre-flood world is a mysterious and fantastical place, defying any traditional explanation, and L'engle sparks the reader's imagination while painting compelling charac [...]

    29. I really liked this one. The twins starred this time and went back to the time of the Ark. Great way to capture the story.

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