Many Waters

Many Waters

by Madeleine L'Engle

Murry, algo acontece com eles que desafia drasticamente suas capacidades de crer no impossível.

Com um desastre à vista, será que os gêmeos conseguirão encontrar uma maneira de voltar à realidade?

  • Series: Time Quintet
  • Language: English
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Rating: 3.99
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: May 1st 2007 by Square Fish
  • Isbn10: 0312368577
  • Isbn13: 9780312368579

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Yes, there will be spoilers, but, seriously, it doesn't matter, because you don't want to read this book. So this book deals with Sandy and Dennys, who have been little better than side characters in the other books. 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. 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. 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. 4. L'Engle seems to have a thing with unicorns, because there are more unicorns in this book. 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. -- 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 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). 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. 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. 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. 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? 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. 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 more they had aged, although that's not actually mentioned.

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. Almost to the point where I wonder if Le'Engle, after having written these books several decades apart, didn't write this as more 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. 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. 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. 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.

Many Waters is the fourth book in A Wrinkle in Time series and it's probably my least favorite. 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..

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. 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 more with religion and the nature of good and evil.

Did I just read that.

I was keen to follow Dennys and Sandy for the first time. However, I was less keen to follow them to pre-Flood times. 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. Dennys and Sandy spend so much of the book doing nothing. There's this immediate realisation by both that they must be in pre-Flood times like there has never been another person named Noah. 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.

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. 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.

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.

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)

At age 12, she moved to the French Alps with her parents and went to an English boarding school where, thankfully, her passion for writing continued to grow. She had a baby girl and kept on writing, eventually moving to Connecticut to raise the family away from the city in a small dairy farm village with more cows than people. They moved back to the city with three children, and Hugh revitalized his professional acting career. As the years passed and the children grew, Madeleine continued to write and Hugh to act, and they to enjoy each other and life.