Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Preservationist, by David Maine

The story of Noah is told from the perspectives of Noah himself, his wife, this three sons, and his three daughters-in-law.  With Genesis forming a skeletal structure, the novel gives the story flesh, feelings, and practical, smelly detail.  If you are willing to accept a few miracles, Maine imagines a quite plausible answer for every question the Noah story raises, from why to how to who. The book is very imaginative, but it all sounds right, particularly the horrible guilt some of the survivors feel and what it must be like to live six hundred years..  The readers are great.

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