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The Preservationist (Paperback)

Author:  David Maine
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312328486
ISBN-13: 9780312328481
Sku: 31147635
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  230
Age Range:  NA
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Noah's family (or Noe as he's called here)--his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law--describe what it's like to live with a man touched by God, while struggling against events that cannot be controlled or explained.
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"Noe says, -I must build a boat.
-A boat, she says.
-A ship, more 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.
The wife and children of Noe, who has been directed by God to build an ark, witness the ark's construction despite Noe's limited resources and assist in gathering myriad animals before finding themselves trapped within the ark during a cataclysmic flood. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
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Noah's wife begins his story, revealing that her ancient husband (there's a 500-year age difference) is distant, domineering, and downright unpleasant. When he gets the call from God to build an ark and save humanity from the coming flood, the family reacts in a variety of ways, and the narrative bounces back and forth between them. It's his sons, of course, who have to do the work of shipbuilding, and it's his disgruntled daughters-in-law who have to track down all the animal species and herd them into the ark. Then there's the ordeal of living in close quarters with the animals, all of whom have to be fed and cared for. His long-suffering family reluctantly has to admit that Noah was right--not crazy--but the experience takes its toll on them all as they try to please both Noah and God. David Maine reimagines the familiar Biblical tale from a modern perspective, humanizing all the participants and making the story vivid and new.

Praise

Kirkus Reviews
"Neither satire nor hagiography, but an idiomatic modern rendering of the biblical tale in accord both with contemporary sensibilities and historical accounts." 06/01/2004

Publishers Weekly
"Though the ending is already written, Maine enlivens every step toward it with small surprises. A story of faith and survival..., this debut is a winner." 06/14/2004

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0230
Product attributePublisher:   St. Martin's Griffin
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