|Plot Summary of Many Waters|
|"The first of Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet is the Newbery Award winning 'A Wrinkle in Time', and 'Many Waters', published 1986, is the fourth and last in the series. Sandy and Dennys are twins, and are as normal as they come. Their brother and sister usually have the adventures; the Twins prefer baseball and soccer to fanciful talk of magical beasts and time travel. Their parents are both famous scientists and they should know better, but when they fool with their father's physics experiment, which involves warping time and space, they get the shock of a lifetime. They are flung far back in time and in space from Massachusetts to the deserts of Iraq, long before even the culture of ancient Sumeria. Here the earth is younger and the lives of humans are still measured in centuries, not decades. The unicorn has not yet disappeared from earth, the hungry manticore perpetually stalks its prey, a tame pygmy mammoth will help you scent new waterholes in the desert, and the powerful Nephilim have set their desires on the daughters of Men. For those who have ears to hear, the music of the stars can be heard. The wisest and best of ancient Man still hear and obey the Voice of El, and the mighty Seraphim still do his bidding on earth in physical form. But all is not well in the land and a mighty Flood is to come to wipe out the wrongs. Sandy and Dennys must get home before it is too late, and do it without creating a paradox which would change the future. I would rank this fascinating story alongside some of Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, and it is a fitting close to the Quartet."
Michael JR Jose, Resident Scholar
|" This was a fairly good time travel book. On this book twins Sandy and Denny, travel back to the time of Noah. When they get there will they be able to get back to their century? I would recommend this book for children ages 9-14."
Vincent, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Many Waters|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- largely backwards/past
- surviving natural elements on planet
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
Time Travel story?
- a teen
- general past
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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