I didn't expect this to be so short or so very very simple. I think the only way to get a ton out of it is to read it much slower than I did in search...moreI didn't expect this to be so short or so very very simple. I think the only way to get a ton out of it is to read it much slower than I did in search of the deeper meanings both textually and contextually. I did enjoy seeing how Alice learned some, while venturing through Wonderland, about manners and maybe not telling her animal companions about how she ate or saw someone eating their kind just the other day. Silly Alice. The book does do a great job of characterizing how the young are so very oblivious to their own shortcomings while still aware of those same flaws on those around them.(less)
I found this fifth installment of L'Engle's Time Quintet to be disappointingly on par with A Swiftly Tilting Planet (see my review). An Acceptable Tim...moreI found this fifth installment of L'Engle's Time Quintet to be disappointingly on par with A Swiftly Tilting Planet (see my review). An Acceptable Time skips ahead a generation to follow Polly O'Keefe (the daughter of Meg Murry and Calvin O'Keefe, the protagonists of A Wrinkle in Time) on a visit to her grandparents. She and her friend Zachary Gray stumble unwittingly into the past and find themselves in the midst of growing tensions between two Native American tribes about an ongoing drought and the merits of blood sacrifice.
For me, the beginning of the book--before Polly and Zachary get stuck in the past--takes way too long and is riddled with lengthy scenes of exposition through dialogue where the adults discuss theories of time and worry unnecessarily about Polly's safety. I found Mr. and Mrs. Murry's (Polly's grandparents') old aged closed-mindedness and penchant for worry rather unbelievable when they had been (at least to my recollection) so progressively minded in previous books. L'Engle was a bit too heavy-handed with the fact that Zachary (view spoiler)[was only a romantic red herring and would end up causing trouble. I would have liked to like him first, feel some sympathy toward him, before he turned bad (hide spoiler)]. I did enjoy the Celtic warrior Tav and his dynamic relationship with Polly, (view spoiler)[particularly his conflicting desires to be with her and to sacrifice her to the gods in exchange for rain (hide spoiler)]. That was probably the most interesting part of the book.
On the whole, An Acceptable Time does not at all make me want to read the others in the O'Keefe Family series, which also feature Polly and of which An Acceptable Time is I guess considered the fourth.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This very short book nonetheless took me way too long to get through. I have never seen the movie adaptation(s?) but knew the book had to do with immo...moreThis very short book nonetheless took me way too long to get through. I have never seen the movie adaptation(s?) but knew the book had to do with immortality. (Actually, I had an entirely different plot mistakenly in mind when I started this book, the source of which I'm still trying to figure out...)
The story follows Winifred, a sheltered 10-year-old, the day she runs away from home to explore the nearby forest and is accidentally kidnapped by the Tucks. The Tucks had returned to Winnie's neighborhood for their decennial family reunion, to the place where they accidentally gained immortality from a spring hidden deep in the forest some eighty years back.
For me, there just wasn't much going on most of the time. I would sit down and think "Okay, I'm going to finish this book now." Then I would read ten pages, put the book down, and decide that maybe I would just finish it tomorrow.(less)