As part of a personal “project” on Madeline L’Engle, I reread and reviewed all five books of her Murray family saga, both Many Waters and An Acceptable Time were read about the time I started blogging, so I didn’t have to write the review fresh, but could share an old review written years ago. Finishing up with books four and five completes a “chunk” of the project’s goals. Here is a review of the final book in this series:
AN ACCEPTABLE TIME by Madeline L’Engle: A Review
Polly, daughter of Meg Murry of A Wrinkle in Time, and neice of Sandy and Denys Murray of Many Waters, is spending time with her mother’s parents in New England. A neighbor, “Bishop Nase” manages to open a Time Gate which transports individuals back in time. Both the Star Gazing Stone and the Old Wall act as portals for Polly on several occasions. Meeting Anaral, a Druid who travels back and forth, and other characters from the time period, Polly and her cowardly friend Zak manage to become stuck 3,000 years before the present.
Back in time, Polly finds herself with The People of the Wind, and later captured by their enemies The People Across the Lake. They are besieged with drought and believe that a blood sacrifice is necessary to bring rain to their land and tribe.
Although the novel is not traditionally religious, it is spiritual and offers something for both believers and non-believers.
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Author: Rae Longest
This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching “under my belt.” I have taught all levels from pre-K “(library lady” or “book lady”–volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the “difficult years.” I had some of the “funnest” experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the “young, fun teacher,” I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a “dream-fit” for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is “in my blood,” so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to “come out and play.” View all posts by Rae LongestAuthor Rae LongestPosted on Categories UncategorizedTags Madeline L’Engle, reviews, sci fi, time travel, YA novelsEdit