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Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle

Many Waters (1986)

by Madeleine L'Engle

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Series: The Time Quintet (4)

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This one was never my favorite; it's a little too weird. However, I enjoyed it more this time than I did when I was younger. And having the mythical creatures running around was kind of fun, because, why not? ( )
  AngelClaw | Feb 2, 2016 |
My ultimately favorite book by this author! Story of Noah and the ark complete with Nephilim. I've read it many times and I can never put it down! ( )
  BmeredithE | Jan 9, 2016 |
Many Waters suffers by comparison with the other books in The Quintet of Time series. Any reader familiar with the story of Noah knows the framework of the novel. Still, these themes are timeless: choices made have consequences, evil fears and tries to destroy good, love is essential, and doing good things is necessary to stem evil.

This quotation stuck with me: Goodness has never been a guarantee of safety. And I think this quotation sums up the book: Many waters cannot quench the thirst for love, nor can the floods drown it. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Jul 1, 2015 |
I think I liked it better than A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and definitely better than A Wind in the Door. Unique take on pre-history, and nice to see real female characters placed into a familiar story... ( )
  TrgLlyLibrarian | Feb 1, 2015 |
This isn't my favorite book in the Time Quintent, but it's close. I love that the focus changes from Meg and/or Charles Wallace to Sandy and Dennys-- the "ordinary" ones of the family, as they say. They have their own adventure as well, which is handled with the complexity that it deserves. Looking back, there's a lot of issue packed in the book, given it's size. Sandy and Dennys can't deny that they've traveled through time and space, but they don't just accept everything either. It's refreshing to see them struggle with belief, knowledge of what happens in the future, and their own feelings. I always thought the biblical setting was extremely well-done. ( )
  Stormydawnc | Jun 23, 2014 |
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We've all done it. In the frigid depths of winter we've wished we could be magically transported to someplace warm and sunny. But most people don't have genius parents who just happen to be working on a scientific experiment with time travel at the moment of our wish. Sandy and Dennys Murry, the "normal" boys in a family of geniuses, suddenly find themselves trudging through a blazing-hot desert, seeking a far-off oasis for shade. Their desperate wandering brings them face-to-face with history--biblical history. Soon they're feeling right at home with Noah and his family. Even so, the urgent question is, how will Sandy and Dennys get back to their own place and time before the floods--the many waters--come? As they begin to cross the invisible border into adulthood, the twins must confront their ability to resist temptation and embrace integrity.

In Many Waters, Madeleine L'Engle continues the Murry family saga, which includes A Wrinkle in Time; A Wind in the Door; and A Swiftly Tilting Planet, which won the American Book Award. L'Engle's mystical mix of science fiction and fantasy, time and space travel, history, morals, religion, and culture once again urges her many adoring readers to stretch their minds and hearts to understand why the world is the way it is. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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The fifteen-year-old Murry twins, Sandy and Dennys, are accidentally sent back to a strange Biblical time period, in which mythical beasts roam the desert and a man named Noah is building a boat in preparation for a great flood.

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