An Acceptable Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #5) by Madeleine L'Engle

An Acceptable Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #5)

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 people who believe in human sacrifice?

Details An Acceptable Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #5)

TitleAn Acceptable Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #5)
Release DateNov 1st, 1990
PublisherLaurel Leaf Library
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction

Reviews An Acceptable Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #5)

  • Andrew Leon
    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...
  • Jesse
    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 ver...
  • Stefany
    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 ...
  • David
    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) ...
  • Kirsten
    This is a *mess*. Where to begin...... Okay, first Polly O'Keefe goes to live with her grandparents, and Zachary Grey *blech* keeps stopping by, and of course there's a rift in the space-time continuum, but her grandparents, whom you thought you knew so well from other books, have trouble believing such things could be happening...... what? Did L'Engle forget that Alex Murry himself went through a tesseract to Camazotz???? Most of this book consi...
  • John
    In keeping with my habit of reading novel series in the wrong order (see Margaret J. Anderson, passim), I've just followed my reading of the first volume in L'Engle's Time Quintet with a reading of the fifth. Next up is likely (for arcane reasons) to be the fourth . . .Teenaged Polly O'Keefe, eldest child of Calvin and Meg from A Wrinkle in Time, is staying with her genius-scientist Murry grandparents in order to get some studying done away from ...
  • Andrea
    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 i...
  • Rebecca
    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...
  • 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...
  • Anna
    “Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.”― Madeleine L'Engle, An Acceptable Time This is such an interesting series, each book is very loosely connected to the others -- but this one is such a complete disconnect. The plot seems to be a poor imitation of "A Swiftly Tilting Planet"; the characters don't seem to make sense, esp. the McMurrys who have been part of the previous stories but seem oblivious and...
  • Pamela Shropshire
    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 th...
  • Audrey
    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 certain...
  • Christina N
    Rating: 3.5/5 starsI 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...
  • Kami Gardner
    I'm not even sure where to start with this book. While I enjoyed the rest of this series for the most part, this book left me baffled with how bad it was. I might not have minded so much if the characters hadn't been so bad and everything so contradictory. *Zach gives Polly a statue of a saint and sees her still carrying it* Zach: you have my icon so you care about me so I'm totally justified in kidnapping you. Uhhh... what?*Polly falls for warri...
  • John
    A fitting conclusion to the series. L'Engle's Time Quintet has always been about the passage of time, so a final book that follows a new character, granddaughter to the Drs. Murry and daughter to Calvin and Meg seems fitting. As time passes and we grow up, our children come up behind us and live life in ways both similar to and different from we might ever have imagined.This book follows the time travelling journey's of Meg's daughter Polly. From...
  • Andy
    The most "grown-up" of the Time series, and that's not a good thing. There are no young children in this book, only teenagers and young adults, and correspondingly the delightful lightheartedness that permeated the first book and its sequels (to a lesser degree) is more or less gone. The departures from reality are much milder and in fact, apart from the space/time travel that is present in every book of the series, there is very little that is f...
  • Jennie
    OK, this is the "Time" series (A Wrinkle in Time) Book 5, and the "O'Keefe Family" series Book 4... a little confusing! I'm reading the Time series and am immediately thrust into book 4 of another series... which explains why I feel I'm missing a lot of information on the characters. This book starts out directly with the second generation -- Meg's daughter, Polly. I'm disappointed that the author hasn't given us more of Meg's story, and what hap...
  • Kate
    I recently read A Wrinkle in Time, which I thought I was re-reading but apparently for most of my adult life I've had that book confused with several others, including The Not-just-anybody Family and this book. All I remember from An Acceptable Time was a) the cover (that red cloak!), and b) the idea of time circles. I can pretty distinctly recall a scene early on in the story where the main character, a young girl, is wandering around in the for...
  • Kelsey
    My problem with this book isn't the story itself, although it didn't completely redeem the book for me. The dialogue was unbelievable. I've read the previous books in the Wrinkle in Time series, so I know the characters are unusually intelligent and articulate, but it's difficult to imagine people structuring sentences in such a way while speaking and so is a bit hard to take seriously.
  • Jenn
    The first one hundred pages were pretty boring, BUT then she got into a good story. I think this book needed a better editor. I enjoyed the fact that she makes the point that even if you do the right thing and help somebody, you don't have to be friends if they have mistreated you. It's not like you have to open yourself up to abuse.
  • Danielle Cintron
    I was determined to finish the Time Quintet, but I find that I only really enjoyed the Original story. The extended series wasn't as interesting or entertaining to me. However, this final story was better than the three stories in the middle of the Quintet.
  • David
    I'd read all of the other Time Quintet books over the years, and finally decided to read the O'Keefe series. None of them compared to the original A Winkle in Time (and to a lesser extent, A Wind in the Door). It was hard to believe the same author actually wrote them. The quality was so far below that of the original.I finally made it to An Acceptable Time, and initially loved it. L'Engle brought us back to the Murray farmhouse, and re-introduce...
  • Sue
    Fifth in the 'Time Quintet', featuring Polly O'Keefe, although it stands alone. Polly has gone to live with her grandparents for a while, and finds herself unexpectedly three thousand years in the past...There are some realistic insights into what life might have been like in this era, complete with druids, healers and also warriors. There's another clan on the other side of the lake, whose goddess apparently demands human sacrifice in order to b...
  • Heidi
    My memory was vaguely triggered as I read this book, but I still maintain that this is a first read for me...maybe because I've read others of L'Engle's some of the characters were familiar? Hm. Either way, this is classic, wonderful L'Engle: whereas in some other works the fate of the universe hinges on one person, this time the fate of one person hinges on the actions of whole communities of people...3000 years ago. Time travel, a little romanc...
  • Melissa
    Despite a really annoying character, I actually liked this book more than the others in the series. Although, I have to say, that after reading all 5 in the Wrinkle quintet in a week that they are all rather boring. I thought it would be fun, but finishing the quintet was more of a chore than anything else.
  • Bailey Marissa
    (3.9)This was odd, but I still enjoyed it.Recommended 13/14+ for mentions of human sacrifice
  • Kayla Eklund
    2.5 stars.
  • Shannon
    Now that I've finished the quintet, I'd say - read them in any order you choose. They are not so much a chronological series but books about a family. This was a good adventure story though a bit slow moving. Liked the religious aspects that link thinking and actions among the many characters without being overly preachy.