Many Waters

Many Waters Commemorative Edition With An Introduction By The AuthorA Touch Of The Computer Keys, A Blast Of Heat, And Suddenly The Murry Twins, Sandy And Dennys, Are Gasping In A Shimmering Desert If Only The Brothers Had Normal Parents, Not A Scientist Mother And A Father Who Experiments With Travel In Space And Time If Only The Twins Had Noticed The Note On The Door Of Their Mother S Lab EXPERIMENT IN PROGRESS PLEASE KEEP OUTBut It S Too Late For Regrets There S A Strange And Very Small Person Approaching, With A Miniature Mammoth In TowAt Last It S Sandy And Dennys S Turn For An Adventure An Adventure That Becomes Serious When They Discover That Many Waters Are Coming To Flood The Desert The Twins Must Find A Way Back Home Soon Or They Will Drown But How Will They Get Back To Their Own Time Can They Cover Illustration By Cliff Nielsen

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  • Paperback
  • 310 pages
  • Many Waters
  • Madeleine L'Engle
  • English
  • 12 September 2019
  • 9780440227700

10 thoughts on “Many Waters

  1. says:

    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 their mother s lab and, when they walk out of it, rather than going back into the kitchen of the house, they end up in the days of Noah Yes, that Noah The one that built the big boat Hence the title of the book.There s never any firm conclusion as to how they got transported back in time It may or may not have had to do with an experiment that was going on in the lab, though the type of experiment is never explained, or it may have had to do with them messing with their dad s weird computer, or, maybe, it was just God.They end up in the desert Of course, they re wearing winter clothing, which they soon discard all the way down to their skin Because that s always a smart thing to do in the desert Get nearly naked, that is The end result of that is that about 1 3 of the book deals with them being nursed back to health by Noah s family, who mistake the twins for giants, because no one in Noah s day was even near to being 5 tall A lot of this section of the book also has the repeated conversation with, well, every freaking character they meet, We re not giants And it s not that I don t think they wouldn t have had to have had that conversation, but does L Engle really need to repeat it 10 or so times.This book also follows the pattern of all of the books in the series The characters really don t ever do anything Sandy and Dennys talk a lot about how they will get home um, no, wait They ask that question a lot Every few pages it seems How will we get home I don t know What should we do Let s go garden Seriously, that s their solution every time the question comes up, to work in Noah s father s garden Basically, they end up being observers to the action going on around them and that s pretty much it And what that comes down to is that the rising action in this book is about like a road in West Texas with a speed bump on it when Sandy gets kidnapped.Aside from the lack of any real story or character development, the book is full of all kind of ridiculousness 1 There are mammoths Yes, in the desert But these are not the mammoths you re thinking of You know, the big, hairy elephants No, these are tiny mammoths Terrier sized mammoths In fact, they pretty much are small dogs that look like mammoths The mammoths can scent things and follow trails like a bloodhound, but they are also used as dowsing rods to find water Which explains why the desert people keep them as pets, I suppose, but how did they get tiny Well, evidently, they evolved to be that way The explanation is something along the lines of them having grown smaller and smaller over a great time.2 However, the Earth in this book is a brand new Earth A very young planet still going through its growing pains, so the whole thing with the mammoths doesn t really make any sense L Engle seems to want to have the Earth both be billions of years old and only 5000 or so years old as in the strict Creationist viewpoint.3 There are manticores and griffons Or a manticore and a griffon It s never clear on whether there are than one of each The manticore is bad and just shows up rather like a cartoon character to shout hungry and try to eat the little doggy mammoths and have to be shooed away The griffon shows up to chase bad girls away from Sandy and Dennys.4 L Engle seems to have a thing with unicorns, because there are unicorns in this book Virtual unicorns, as the twins call them They don t always exist, only when you decide you believe in them and, of course, they can only be approached by virgins The annoying thing with the unicorns is that even after the boys have experiences with the unicorns, they go on and on about how they can t believe in them because they don t exist, so they can only believe in the unicorns when the unicorns are actually standing right in front of them I have to suppose that they ceased to believe in their family, too, when their family quit being right in front of them The issue with all of this is that L Engle, from what I can tell, wants us to accept this book as being set in reality, our reality, and, yet, she undermines reality by introducing all of this mythological stuff into what we re supposed to believe is the actual pre flood setting It s suspension of disbelief than I could handle, and I haven t even gotten to the Angels.5 Oh, yes, the Angels The pseudo conflict in the book is between the seraphim the good Angels and the nephilim the bad Angels In fact the whole conflict revolves around a girl, Yalith, who everyone is in love with, so it becomes a matter of whom she will choose one of the twins or both or Eblis, the nephilim It s an empty conflict through which L Engle seems to deliver her message of bad things don t happen to good people a message which makes me wonder what reality L Engle lived in, because it s the same kind of message all of her books have Love will always win and, ultimately, nothing bad happens to people who believe in love.Speaking of Yalith and male female relationships in general in this book This may have been the most difficult part of the book for me to deal with Yalith is the youngest child of Noah she s nearly 100 years old because people in Noah s time lived much longer Noah is 700ish , but she s basically a teenager Because, you know, living longer means slower growth Which makes me wonder how long would remain a baby in this time 20 years Because, man, if I was a mom, I d be pissed Having to care for an infant for 20 years I can t even imagine it, especially since pregnancy still only last nine months because there was a birth during the book You could end up with, well, a lot of babies Actually, what I think she wants us to believe is that everyone ages normally until they hit puberty when they, for whatever reason, quit developing Still, that means around 90 years as a teenager That would be the worst Oh, back to the twins and male female relationships So Sandy meets Yalith Yalith is basically naked, because the people in Noah s time only wear loincloths In the desert Because we have examples of people today who live in the desert but only wear loincloths At any rate, Yalith is all but naked, and Sandy is a teenage boy confronted with a naked girl and his response is to get a funny feeling Um, what A funny feeling What does that even mean And that s how all of the interactions between the twins and girls go They get funny feelings I m sorry these boys are supposed to be 16 or 17 years old, and L Engle is treating them as if they re, at best, 10 It s ridiculous.The twins do end up back at home after spending at least a year in the desert with Noah One of the Angels removes the boys tans and, I suppose, the year or they had aged, although that s not actually mentioned So they end up back at home right at the point they d left and nothing has changed There was no character growth for the twins and nothing of consequence affected in the past The flood still happens and all of that It s a book where the goal is to return to the status quo but without even the benefit of the characters learning anything from the journey In fact, the boys pick up talking about getting their driver s licenses as if nothing had even happened.

  2. says:

    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 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 caring about others Sandys and Dennys on the other hand don t change much throughout Many Waters they exit our story much as they enter it, self sufficient, hard working and caring What changes in their story is the capacity of sexual and emotional desire they become aware of Reading this I got a very different vibe from the rest of the Time books While this one is no exception to the publisher s rule where it s cover has the words a companion to a Wrinkle in Time written across the front, unlike all the other books in the series, I felt that this was the only one that was self sufficient enough to stand on its own Almost to the point where I wonder if Le Engle, after having written these books several decades apart, didn t write this as of an adult novel, knowing like many authors who undertake long IR series such as Harry Potter , that the original demographic would have grown up by then After all, there s quite a few things that make this book a questionable choice for the younger set that AWiT was aimed at Sandy, tied and bound in a tent hears his captors voice and calls her name When she expresses delight at him recognizing her she thinks it s by her voice and yet we see him say to himself quite clearly I recognized you by your scent you slut And earlier on Dennys tells of his afternoon walk through the oasis bazaar and his difficulty in looking at all the faces around him for he knows they re to be drowned Again, not exactly elementary school stuff.However, that being said, you d think a children s book by a Christian author set in biblical times where the village seductress is called a slut would be pretty stuffy when it came to messages on sex and women, but surprisingly it s not Le Engle makes a pretty radical move by having some of her characters call the Noah story chauvinistic from the get go, addressing some of the tension head on And while the story does not drastically alter from that in the bible Le Engle surprised me by angling the story from a pretty feminine perspective Yes, two young adolescent boys are the main narrators, and yet most of the story revolves around activities like watering animals and plants, gardening, cooking, caring for the elderly, birthing and marriage all the things our society typically considers to be feminine The first place Dennys is taken to that is considered safe and whole in the story is the tent the women use for menstruation, and while there are an equal number of men and women in Noah s tent less time is given to the sons than the daughters It would have been easy to center this story around the building of the arc, hunting and other masculine activities and yet we spend time in the women s tent and out on rocks under star lit skies where sisters talk about husbands and children.And the sex Ah the sex This isn t your grandma s bible story that s for sure Or maybe not, but somehow the constant sexual tension of a might have been threesome never made it s way into any of MY Baby s First Bible The message here is not so much one of abstinence as other s have suggested as it is understanding that who you have sex with the first time matters just as much as who you have sex with once you are settled down The message here isn t don t do it it s don t do it carelessly So in the end did I like it than AWiT Yes, and no It s a horse of a different color to be sure I think as a piece of children s literature I loved, and always will love, AWiT the best But as a grown up s book Many Waters is a finely crafted and startling re imagination of Biblical times that belongs right up their with The Red Tent Highly recommended.

  3. says:

    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 centuries, strange voices in the forest Surprisingly, this was one of the most original fantasy lands a novel had taken me to up till that point.

  4. says:

    Many Waters is the fourth book in A Wrinkle in Time series and it s probably my least favorite It was just a really boring book to breeze through I mean they are only like. 12 chapters each book but man was I bored with this one.Sandy and Denny messed with their dad s new computer and traveled to a different time They end up within Noah and the Ark storyline which seemed pretty cool. but was just really boring and disappointing For some reason, it just didn t work for me and kind of rubbed me the wrong way No amount of coffee, wine, or puppy snuggles could get me to like this book I m just happy that I m almost done with this series The one thing I didn t like, and trust me there was a lot of things I didn t like, was the sex talk Or sexual references ANYTHING to do with sex in this book I didn t like I think the reason I didn t like it was because this series isn t supposed to be that type of young adult. like middle school young adult. with no sex EVER Overall, this book was a hot mess in my eyes I just didn t like I hope the last book is way better.

  5. says:

    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 story that it was a little hard to keep them straight, but I love when there are a lot of characters I was surprised at some of the content, as this book is supposed to be for kids I mean, I first read it when I was a kid and I didn t really understand the whole concept of unicorns unable to be touched by anyone who isn t a virgin I didn t get what the word slut meant This one has a surprising take on the idea that women are never named or included in the Biblical stories It s always so and so and his wife such and such and his daughter So though the main characters are two boys, Many Waters had a sort of feminist take on it What amuses me about the Time books mostly the third and the fourth is that the summaries make them seem like a science fictiony adventure, but really they deal a lot with religion and the nature of good and evil I love Many Waters because I always wanted to hear about the twins and what was going on with them I did find it slightly creepy that they were thought of as one person, and near the end Yalith was all, I love you both and kissed them It seems like something odd to be taken lightly But then again, this book was crazy, and if you haven t read it yet, you should Or maybe not, since I probably spoiled a lot of it.

  6. says:

    HOOW DID THAT HAPPEN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN How did the pure beauty and truth and utter heartbreaking melody of A Wrinkle in Time turn in to this monstrous, sensualized, romantic Bible Fanfiction.Did I just read that.Did my eyes behold those pages.I really hope that was some nasty, Echtroi induced dream.Unfortunately

  7. says:

    Many Waters I saw someone describe this novel as bible fanfiction, and that really is the perfect description for it Bad bible fanfiction.Initially I was excited for Many Waters I was keen to follow Dennys and Sandy for the first time However, I was less keen to follow them to pre Flood times You know the one with Noah and the ark That flood At the very least, L Engle starts by acknowledging that way back then, people were a heck shorter than now In fact, she mentions multiple times that these people were less than four foot tall Comparatively, Dennys and Sandy were 20th century fifteen year olds who towered over them to the point of being called giants So tell me why I had to suffer through the constant descriptions of the female characters breasts and Dennys and Sandy s sexual desires from the moment the twins met these tiny humans It was excruciating The whole book is excruciating.I mean, it s not the religious nature of the book that bothers me The story is just so dumb And it s a shame because L Engle is not a bad writer The actual mechanics of her writing aren t bad It s the content that is just so ludicrous Dennys and Sandy spend so much of the book doing nothing Like so much of the book is just them recovering from their sun exposure And the moment they learn one fella is named Noah There s this immediate realisation by both that they must be in pre Flood times like there has never been another person named Noah And the weird fucking romantic subplots One girl is in love with both boys and loved by both and another is painted as the Classic Seductress, to the point that she s referred to as a slut I literally replayed that part of the audiobook to make sure I d heard it right The novel just constantly felt like it was written with such a hyper religious agenda that L Engle let actual craftsmanship fall to the wayside.If you need a good fucking laugh, go full steam ahead and read this If not, please don t ever pick this book up It is not worth it It really is that bad awful horrific abysmal and I could never seriously recommend Many Waters to another person.

  8. says:

    As I said of A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet, I didn t know of these sequels to A Wrinkle in Time until I was an adult and read them when my son was reading the quartet I now own this beautiful edition , and have reread the books along with their respective endnotes but reviewed them separately.From what I gather, fans of the Time Quartet have two main issues with this book first, that it is the Murry twins having an adventure and, second, that this adventure is set in the time of Noah I don t have an issue with the latter I get the first point, though, in that this adventure is out of character for the twins They are the static, normal, characters in the books they are there for contrast to the eccentric members of their family, as well as for some comic relief But I have no problem thinking of this book as alternative, parallel, history I imagine there s a third, disconcerting, issue for some of the fans unlike the rest of the series, this book is about sex, mostly lust, though love is promoted For the teenaged twins, previously concerned only with sports and their upcoming drivers licenses, this is the story of their sexual awakening It s also a possible primer for their lives together going forward 1 y all are likely to fall in love with the same good girl who will also be in love with both of you, and that will be complicated 2 beware of the older, seductive bad girl with the perfect L Engle s word body Unicorns are also a part of the story, and we all know the implications of that Having a brilliant scientist mother has certainly influenced their views though they have no issue with thinking and calling the Biblical story they are a part of chauvinistic My main issue with the book is that it seemed to go on too long perhaps because my adolescent days are long past , and scenes like the ones of the boys being taken care of after sunstroke started to feel repetitive, and a bit boring what kept me reading is L Engle s storytelling skills.

  9. says:

    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 much point to Sandy and Den being there They just went about their daily life as much as they could, and helped Noah and Grandfather with basic chores Even at the end, when the arc was being built, they just helped build it they did not really have anything to overcome Sure, the nephil were there and halfway worked against them, but the only times either of the twins were in danger, it did not feel like there was any doubt at all that they would be saved, or able to get themselves out of it, and it did not feel like the nephil would have actually hurt them.Overall, it was a well written story, and does add some depth to Sandy and Den It is also and interesting way to read the story of Noah and the flood.

  10. says:

    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 unicorns , and they find themselves in a Genesis they never knew existed In addition to unicorns , Noah s desert oasis also offers us tiny mammoths, and two varieties races species of supernatural humanoids seraphim and nephilim While the seraphim reflect the glory of El God , the nephilim are somewhat complex The intentions of the nephilim are unclear they are pointedly commingling with humans, but also wary of El s undefined plan for Earth Eventually, L Engle reveals the nephilim as view spoiler a source of evil incarnate, kidnapping Sandy and Dennys and attempting to torture or kill them off before they can fulfill El s plan hide spoiler

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