The Preservationist

The PreservationistThe Old Testament tells us Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God David Maine allows the reader to journey with Noe quotes and name spellings taken from a recent printing of the 1609 Douay Bible from the time of Yahweh s calling to the end of Noe s days.Though common depictions of Noe s ark are of happy animals, smiling side by side on the deck of a wooden ark, the reality of such conditions would undoubtedly be a horse of a different color except those horses probably didn t make the sailing Maine has considered what building an ark, gathering the critters, lassoing the righteous in this case, Noe s family into all the tasks at hand, and then the actual journey Told through the eyes of Noe, his wife, and their sons and daughters in laws, it makes an interesting story, one to tell the grandkids for sure, as the sons often comment There were some moments of poetic beauty for me in the turn of a small phrase, such as, This part of the ship is as black as the Devil s laugh p 135 There were others, peppered throughout the text, in between the grumbles and problem solving of Noe et al, little golden nuggets of delight, in a tale that was generally very interesting I really liked how the various personalities of all the family opened to the reader, and the roles Maine depicted for each I tried to squelch my questions and concerns about everything from an angry god wiping out a world, to the genetic implications of all existing human life springing from the loins of Noe But I do enjoy a good retelling of Biblical tales, fleshing out the words handed down over all these years, and adding a spin of practical realism and practical magic.My rating is really a 3.5 rather than a 3, but not quite a full 4.This book was wishlist fulfillment from a friend at Tor Books Thank you, Paul This was the third novel by Maine that I have read, and quite possibly my favorite Told in turns by each of the characters in first person except the chapters for Noe which were told in narration , we are introduced to a family who was chosen by God to survive the Flood Following the family throughout the building of the ark, the gathering of the animals and their time on the boat cleaning the animal dung, telling stories, and watching day after day for a sign that the waters receeding An interestingly modern telling of a biblical story Maine gives each character depth and reason, showing us thier inner strengths as well as thier faults Thier histories as well as thier present lives I really enjoy reading Maines novels The writing is effortless and flows just like the waters of the flood Noe Says, I Must Build A Boat A Boat, She Says A Ship, Like I Ll Need The Boys To Help, He Adds As An Afterthought We Re Leagues From The Sea, She Says, Or Any River Big Enough To Warrant A BoatThis Conversation Is Making Noe Impatient I Ve No Need To Explain Myself To You And When You Re Done, She Says Carefully, We Ll Be Taking This Ship To The Sea Somehow As Usual, Noe S Impatience Fades Quickly We Ll Not Be Going To The Sea The Sea Will Be Coming To Us In This Brilliant Debut Novel, Noah S Family Or Noe As He S Called Here His Wife, Sons, And Daughters In Law Tell What It S Like To Live With A Man Touched By God, While Struggling Against Events That Cannot Be Controlled Or Explained When Noe Orders His Sons To Build An Ark, He Can T Tell Them Where The Wood Will Come From When He Sends His Daughters In Law Out To Gather Animals, He Can Offer No Directions, Money, Or Protection And Once The Rain Starts, They All Realize That The True Test Of Their Faith Is Just Beginning Because The Family Is Trapped On The Ark With Thousands Of Animals With No Experience Feeding Or Caring For Them, And No Idea Of When The Waters Will Recede What Emerges Is A Family Caught In The Midst Of An Extraordinary Biblical Event, With All The Tension, Humanity Even Humor That Implies Overall I thought this was pretty good Not fantastic or perspective changing, but it s an interesting take on the Noah story.What I liked The quietness of the miracles, how things fell together so well but naturally, so the people involved didn t see it as a miracle until after the fact I believe that most miracles are like that God is fairly silent in this book, but the characters recognize his influence I also liked that the family didn t know the big picture, didn t see themselves a pioneers or overly righteous They just did what they were asked and tried to figure out what it all meant What I didn t like All the rutting sex , and the brutality of it Why is it that only the strange woman from the north actually enjoyed sex, and the rest were left to the whims of their husbands The husbands didn t mean to be brutal, but didn t take much consideration of their wives feelings Maybe it s supposed to be historically accurate, or maybe the author is trying to make a statement about patriarchal vs matriarchal societies women rule in the north , or Jews Christians vs pagans But if we re going for historical accuracy, religious observance is pretty anachronistic No sacrifices or requirements other than random assignments given to Noah , just love God and talk to him I also thought Japeth s transformation from lazy adolescent to mature adult was a bit abrupt, especially since the other brothers didn t change much. Generally, I m not a fan of stories that re invent Biblical tales They usually seem to be pushing a social or political agenda, and even if it s an agenda I agree with, it still annoys me.But that s not what David Maine does In this retelling of the Noah s Ark story, he lets Noah be Noah Noah is very much the same man depicted in the Bible, and very much a product of his time In other words, Maine stays true to the source material, but mines it for all the drama, pathos and humor that couldn t possibly be crammed into four short chapters of Genesis The result is a great book, and a humdinger of a tale. There is a difference between best and favorite Sometimes your favorite is a first of something Sometimes the best is the most thrilling This is not the best novel, very much it is not But it might be my favorite.The book portrays Noah Noe in what would be realistic in the way he treats women, his children, as per the period The biblical tones are certainly a part of the novel but historical and emotional bonds take the precedent.The book is written in chapters by different narrators, one of which is Mirn, a daughter in law of Noe She is adorable and might be my favorite character of all time.Whether you do your rosaries every morning or don t know a kippah from a Kia, read this book Even if David Maine might be nuts. I loved everything about this book.It is a brilliantly written and beautifully told realistic and de glamourised retelling of Noah s Ark I have underlined so many sentences in my copy A brilliant, brilliant book I am shocked that no one else has rated or reviewed it Rather fun retelling of the biblical flood story funny and irreverent in places I must admit I enjoyed the the story set on the ark rather than the aftermath, so I struggled a bit come the later part of the book I did love the ending though where one of the characters ponders how stories become distorted over the years and wondered if god rained over mankind or reigned over them, only story tellers of the future who say Hey, at least my own books aren t the only ones I ve reviewed SUMMARY from Noe says, I must build a boat A boat, she says A ship, like I ll need the boys to help, he adds as an afterthought We re leagues from the sea, she says, or any river big enough to warrant a boat.This conversation is making Noe impatient I ve no need to explain myself to you And when you re done, she says carefully, we ll be taking this ship to the sea somehow As usual, Noe s impatience fades quickly We ll not be going to the sea The sea will be coming to us In this brilliant debut novel, Noah s family or Noe as he s called here his wife, sons, and daughters in law tell what it s like to live with a man touched by God, while struggling against events that cannot be controlled or explained When Noe orders his sons to build an ark, he can t tell them where the wood will come from When he sends his daughters in law out to gather animals, he can offer no directions, money, or protection And once the rain starts, they all realize that the true test of their faith is just beginning Because the family is trapped on the ark with thousands of animals with no experience feeding or caring for them, and no idea of when the waters will recede What emerges is a family caught in the midst of an extraordinary Biblical event, with all the tension, humanity even humor that implies.MY OPINIONCAUTION SPOILER ALERT and PG 13 LANGUAGE ALERTI got this book from Paperback Swap several months ago and kept putting off because I told myself I had better things to read Then, I accidentally listed on bookmooch as up for grabs A very nice person in Israel wrote to me asking for it, and then when I ignored her yes, I was hoping it would go away sue me , she wrote a very nice letter explaining how badly she wanted this book.So I scooped it up and thought I d read it a little each night, and mail it to her within a week or so I expected it to be overly intellectual or to make fun of biblical stories or to simply be dull Surprise.This book is fantastic. I finished it in about an hour and a half I immediately regretted and didn t regret promising the book to the bookmooch person, and then I found it in overstock at Barnes Noble for 4 So, yes, I m buying her her own copy David Maine s voice is rich and vivid and honest and how do I say this embodies the feminist idea that God equally values both genders The feats of imagination do nothing to dilute the tradition of the biblical story of Noah nor to take away from the meaning it holds for people who accept that faith as their own.The chapters go back and forth between different characters maybe Paolini took a note from Maine without ever causing the reader to falter Truly The transitions are seamless, the plot intriguing, and then, all of the sudden, you re near the end of the book and you re crying Well, maybe you re not crying, but..I am Oh shut up.The only downside to this story, I think, is there s a lot of rutting a euphemism for fucking The reason I think that s a downside is that I think otherwise this would be a book that sophisticated middle grade readers would enjoy, though it s obviously a book written for adults It s one I highly recommend

I was born and raised in Connecticut but spent much of my adult life overseas, living in Morocco from 1995 98 and in Lahore, Pakistan from 1998 2008 Since 2008 I have been living and teaching in Honolulu I began getting published in 2004, with The Preservationist, a retelling of the Noah story from Genesis This was followed by Fallen, which reexamined the stories of Eve Adam and Abel Cain In 2

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  • 20 October 2017
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