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An Acceptable Time

(Time Quintet #5)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  19,632 ratings  ·  980 reviews
A flash of lightning, quivering ground, and, instead of her grandparents' farm, Polly sees mist and jagged mountains—and coming toward her, a group of young men carrying spears.

Why has a time gate opened and dropped Polly into a world that existed 3,000 years ago? Will she be able to get back to the present before the time gate closes—and leaves her to face a group of peo

Paperback, 373 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Square Fish (first published October 1st 1989)
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David You probably only need to read A Wrinkle in Time, and maybe House Like a Lotus. Wrinkle sets up some of the concepts they mention. Lotus tells the sto…moreYou probably only need to read A Wrinkle in Time, and maybe House Like a Lotus. Wrinkle sets up some of the concepts they mention. Lotus tells the story of Polly (daughter of the kids from Wrinkle). I'd say read that only because it introduces one of the new characters who is a major part of Acceptable. All the other books make the story better because you have a background on the characters, but ultimately you could read it as a stand alone.

Wrinkle is one of the best childrens/young adult books ever written, so I'd try that regardless.(less)

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Andrew Leon
Dec 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine for just a moment that you're the parent of a teenage girl, a very smart teenage girl who is not getting the kind of education she needs at her high school. You decide to send your daughter off to spend some time studying with your parents who happen to be genius scientists. Now... Imagine a boy, a boy you don't know from Adam, shows up at your house wanting to see your daughter. A boy, a college boy, mind you, who says he has just driven from one coast to the other for the sole purpose ...more
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“Okay, Polly,” her grandfather said. “Let’s have some normal, ordinary lesson time. What is Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle?”

Reading the following books in a series when the first book is your favourite book of all time is a scary process. Every new book has a chance to ruin the first one for you. When I started reading this one, I thought that was it. Luckily, this book seems to be made of two parts: the first is boring, preachy, made of 90% useless dialogue and feels like the author was ju
Jan 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so how many times have I read the four books that proceeds this and still managed to be completely unaware of the existence of this one? Picked from my sister's bookshelf and devoured over a quick excursion home for Christmas, I could never quite shake the feeling that this was a bit of a step down from the other four. Polly just isn't nearly as compelling a character as her mother or her uncles (though she does grow on you), Alex could very well be L'Engle's most relentlessly tiresome cre ...more
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In An Acceptable Time, Polly is alright as a character but I kind of felt like I was missing half the story (that might be because this book takes place after three other books that aren’t considered part of the quintet) and sometimes her response to some of the events seemed flimsy and came with little to no explanation. Maybe if I read the other novels that come before this one chronologically I’d connect more with Polly, but that’s what I thought about Meg and after the first book you don’t g ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The last book of this series was such a disappointment.

An Acceptable Time is about Polly’s adventure into the prehistory of the druids. She gets mesmerized by a guy who is like no other while out on a study break. She, of course, crossed the time gate into the past.

Polly and her best friend Zachary are on this silly adventure. Now throughout this story, I was bored. Like really really bored. Everything was predictable and unoriginal. Again, I was really bored. I think this might my least favor
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My ‘experiment’ of reading the rest of the books in L’Engle’s “Time” series that I hadn’t read as a child (that is, all of them except A Wrinkle in Time) has come to an end. I’d wanted to see how they compared to the first book. While they all have merit—L’Engle is a consummate story teller—none came close to the first, at least not for me. Whether that’s because I read and loved the first one as a child, I’ll never know.

I feel the biggest reason the other books are not as good as Wrinkle is tha
Mar 08, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth-children, 2009
An Acceptable Time does have a good message. It teaches truth in that integrated, mostly-subtle way that good books should, and in this is similar to the other books in the "Time" "Series." (If, indeed, a series it really can be called...)

The difference is that this book is boring. Yes, it continues the story of the Murry clan, and yes, it involves druids and blood sacrifice and time travel, (in a way quite parallel to A Swiftly Tilting Planet) and yes, it does eventually get around to a nice s
This book was just okay. Maybe I'm a bit meh about Christian fantasy/sf in general, or specifically, but I did enjoy the moments of particle physics and the apologia for all things Jesus. (Sure, time travel is fine because even though you're going back a thousand years before the time of Christ, his spirit is eternal, etc., etc.)

MAYBE I would have liked this a lot more if it hadn't been super-primitive societies performing ritual sacrifice and we're supposed to go back and civilize the bastards.
Dec 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still one of my L'Engle favorites. I like a good dose of time travel & a little potential romance. I love the idea of going for a swim in your grandparents' indoor pool (what!?) and slipping into the past effortlessly. I love the odd life of privilege all these Murry/O'Keefe family members live.

In some ways, reading these books again has been somewhat of a disappointment. I can see through them a little better than I could as a teen. I recognize I like the ones with a touch of romance better th
Kam Gardner
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*gasps in relief*

That went so much better than I expected it to. Still not sure whether it should be three or four stars... probably three stars... but we'll give it 3.5 in my post-Many Waters relief. Towards the end I caught the same strains that pulsed through A Wrinkle in Time, and, to a lesser degree, A Wind in the Door, that got lost in the other books - the same song that echoes in a Greater Story. But...

ZACHARY IS (view spoiler)
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
This was an okay story, but it seemed like the Murrys had changed? They get all upset and protective about Polly and this time gate thing, and they don't believe her or Bishop at first. Like your kids did weirder things than this and you were fine with it! Is it because it's not Meg or Charles Wallace this time??? I was so confused by their attitude. Then there's Zach, apparently Polly meets him in some other book but I didn't have time to read it and it really didn't seem that necessary. Zach w ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 🌟
An Acceptable Time is the final book in the Wrinkle in Time series. This was my second favorite book of the series just behind A Swiftly Tilting Planet. There were vivid images of perfect fall days filled with family and comfort food. The plot tackled themes of time travel, honor, love, war, and religion. At times the story was slow moving, but was still a great escape filled with thought provoking scenes.
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Madeline O'Rourke
An Acceptable Time: it only took until the last book in the series, but I actually really liked this one.

I mean, don't get me wrong, it's still coloured with L'Engle's weird brand of things. Particularly her weird approach to romantic and sexual relationships. But, things were better this time around. Primarily because Polly was aware of how awful Zachary was, and straight up just stopped interacting with him. I also feel like it didn't suffer from the weird colonial tones of A Swiftly Tilting P
Amy Neftzger
This was an interesting conclusion to madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time series. The story continues with the Murry's granddaughter traveling through time to meet with individuals struggling for survival in the New World. The book is well written and continues to explore many philosophical and ethical themes, just as all the previous books in the series have done.

If I had to rate this series of all books as a unit I would rate it higher than I rated the individual books because I loved the wa
Kathryn Bywaters
‘An Acceptable Time’ is the last book in the series and even though I am happy I’ve read them, I’m also happy there are not any more. In this book we again are taken on a journey back in time, about 3,000 years, to spend time with a native tribe called ‘People of the Wind’. Charles Wallace visited the ‘People of the Wind’ back in ‘A Swiftly Tilting Planet’; in this book Polly (Meg and Calvin’s daughter) is the one that goes back in time.

It’s a cute story but it doesn’t really seem to go anywher
Pamela Shropshire
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars. First of all, let me get my complaints out of the way. I'm not an expert in ancient history, but I'm pretty sure Ms. L'Engle got some of the history wrong. Likewise I'm no geologist, but I know that it takes more than 3000 years for "tall mountains" to erode down to "ancient hills."

One other thing that really bugged me, not just in this book, but the entire series, is that the recurring characters seemingly have no recollections of the events in previous books. For example, in this b
Rpaul Tho
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow. What a difference this book was from the fourth. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and couldn’t put it down. The story ran much more smoothly than the last and the characters were interesting and well written. The usual religious overt tones were present but at least this time they were mixed in with the sort rather than preachy.
Althea Ann
This book mixes characters that L'Engle readers have previously met in both her Murry and Austin family books, although it's a stand-alone novel. Two college-age folks, Polly and Zachary, along with a family friend who is a retired bishop, pass through a "time-gate" into 3000 years ago, and a tribe of celtic-influenced Native Americans, some of whom, regrettably, think that strange and seemingly powerful strangers would make an excellent blood sacrifice to bring rain.
This book is more overtly Ch
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book gets a big ol' meh. This book was certainly better than a wind in the door and a swiftly tilting planet. However, it wasn't great. I found the plot moved pretty slowly in some places, and while it did pick up in others I found that it focused in on some odd subjects points. I found Zachary particularly more unlikeable than any unlikeable character should be. I didn't find the Bishop to be particularly engaging. However, unlike many of the reviews have said I found Pol ...more
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018

My second favorite book in the series! I loved the ammount of time spent around the Murry's dining room table and the way all the years that had gone by brought perspective and the quietness of old age to this story. Polly found a simple peace there, away from the cacophony of her large family and so did I as I read along.

Meeting Zachary again (I've read about him in AROEL and TAOTS) in this book was fun. He always brings a moodiness and an opportunity to learn some deep trut
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like it needs to be noted that I read the Wrinkle in Time series for the first time as an adult; I had no prior knowledge of the storyline, no nostalgia tied to any of the books. Read as an adult, this entire series is one of the most boring I’ve ever read - it has flaky science scattered throughout, and somehow FIVE whole books were written without much really happening in any of them. Things just sort of happen with no real explanation, without much character development, and little des ...more
Christina N
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

I feel like this book just dragged on and on, to the point where I was really thinking about dnf-ing it.

The characters were just mediocre. Zachary was super annoying of a character, though. He made me want to end the book even more.

I guess the plot is okay... but Polly is just talking and doing nothing for way too many pages of the book. No, I DON'T need to hear her uninteresting conversations.

Nope nope nope. (But I still like it. Don't get me wrong.)
N.T. Embe
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok

An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle, also known as, If You Thought It'd Be Less Racist in Book Five, You Were Desperately Mistaken, but Don't Worry, That Takes a Backseat to RAMPANT ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS This Time! Also, Did All My Old Mains Forget Their Own Canon or Is It Just the Same Old Hypocrisy I've Written Into My Past Three Books? (Do you really want to read to find out?)

Alright, let's take a step back here after this absolute mess of a series. I said that I always enjoyed the fifth
It took me a long while to get through this. Not because of the book, just because of my life right now.

In this book, Polly, the daughter of Meg (who had been the heroine of most of the other Time Quintet novels) has come to live with her grandparents. There she stumbles into a tesseract that links the property with the same place 3000 years in the past. (Charles Wallace visited that time with the Unicorn in A Swiftly Tilting Planet.)

There were things about this story that I liked, and things I
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Oof... rough. One star. None of these books really hold up to how much I enjoyed them as a kid, but the first one was alright. They went downhill for sure. This last one was the hardest for me to get through of them all--I found myself procrastinating and reading so slowly, because of how little I was enjoying it while reading. The biggest issue for my general reading experience was just how boring the story was, and how absolutely one-dimensional the characters. I'll talk more about that in a b ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished. I'm so annoyed at how painstaking it was to read this book. Parts of it were still so, SO good, but it pales in comparison to literally every other book in the Murry/O'Keefe storyline.

Oh, well. At least I never have to hear from Zachary again.

But, my darling Murry/O'Keefe family, you who got me through the end of my senior year of high school: Thank you. My heart is already heavy with the lack of your stories, but I will certainly be back. Sorry it took me so long to get around
Jessica L. Dwyer
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this series, but unfortunately I got less into the books as they went along. L’Engle has some incredible concepts that she dives into...over and over again...and with a lot of unnecessary filler. In my opinion, the last four books in the series could have been condensed into two. There were some sweet moments in this book, but for the majority of the time I was mostly just bored.
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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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