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Many Waters

(Time Quintet #4)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  44,048 ratings  ·  1,734 reviews
Some things have to be believed to be seen.

Sandy and Dennys have always been the normal, run-of-the-mill ones in the extraodinary Murry family. They garden, make an occasional A in school, and play baseball. Nothing especially interesting has happened to the twins until they accidentally interrupt their father's experiment.

Then the two boys are thrown across time and space
Paperback, 359 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Square Fish (first published September 1st 1986)
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Juli Drake It's pretty much a stand-alone book, and it's out of sequence as it lands between the 2nd and 3rd books in their timeline... but then, timelines in th…moreIt's pretty much a stand-alone book, and it's out of sequence as it lands between the 2nd and 3rd books in their timeline... but then, timelines in this series are a wibbly-wobbly, timey-whimey thing!(less)
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Nancy Bellers I wasn't disappointed. It would have been odd for one of the twins to marry Yalith. There is the big age difference. The twins are 15 and Yalith (thou…moreI wasn't disappointed. It would have been odd for one of the twins to marry Yalith. There is the big age difference. The twins are 15 and Yalith (though considered young to her family) is over 100 years old. They could not bring her home to their time and would have been heart broken to leave her there knowing that she would drown in the flood.(less)

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Andrew Leon
Sep 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sep 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
“There’s no such thing as an unbreakable scientific rule, because, sooner or later, they all seem to get broken. Or to change.”

I never read anything quite like this series, and the first book, A Wrinkle in Time, has become my favourite book of all time. I rated all the other books five stars, and this is the only one I had doubts on. Don't get me wrong, I would never rate it less than four stars, and I still adore Madeline L'Engle's writing style and I still flew through these pages without bei
Madeline O'Rourke
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
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jenny Clark
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
Feb 23, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, s
Lauren Schultz
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 experiment with “te ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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 unic
Ali M.
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
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 correspond ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anna by: series
fascinating blend of science, mythology and Bible epic

In 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
Angela Blount
2.5 Stars

The 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 the mor
Ng Xin
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 plo ...more
Kat  Hooper
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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 story tu ...more
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science
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
Jan 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
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.
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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. ...more
C.P. Cabaniss
There were a lot of things that I didn't like about this book. And, unfortunately, only a few things that I did. After reading and enjoying the three previous Wrinkle in Time books, I was excited to get into this one. Sandy and Dennys never played a big role in the other books, but they always seemed like fun additions to the family, so I was excited to have a book about them. Sadly, this story didn't work for me.

Sandy and Dennys accidentally stumble into an experiment their father is conductin
Melissa (i swim for oceans)
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 they’re ...more
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who love the Time Quartet
Recommended to Rose by: My public library
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
Pamela Shropshire
3.75 stars. This is a strange book in many ways, and yet, I really like it. It's a retelling of the Biblical story of Noah and the Flood, told from the viewpoint of Sandy and Dennys, the Murry twins, who have only been secondary characters in the other books. In this story, they are not quite 16; several times, they mention that they are looking forward to getting their drivers' licenses.

Ms. L'Engle created quite an imaginative and atmospheric setting and characters - some of whom are mentioned
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
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 pr
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Aug 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Amy Neftzger
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her young adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regener ...more

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Time Quintet (5 books)
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