preservationistWho wrote this book and when?
David Maine published this in 2005.

Has there been a film version?
There have been films made covering the story of Noah and the Ark, but I don’t think they used Maine’s version.

Who are the important characters?
Noe – (Noah), a man who gets messages from God
Sem – Noe’s oldest son, wants desperately to please him
Cham – Noe’s middle son, left a few years earlier to live on the coast
Japheth – Noe’s youngest son, a sarcastic and cynical man
The wife – Noe’s wife, she married him when he was 400 and she was 13
Bera – Sem’s wife, an African
Mirn – Japheth’s wife, loves bugs
Ilya – Cham’s wife, makes the others nervous b/c she is a white European
Yawheh – God

What’s it about?
This is the story of the Flood like you’ve never read it. Told from the viewpoint of the human inhabitants of the ark, you are allowed insights into their reactions to the seemingly crazy news of being commanded to build a giant boat in the desert. They struggle to come to terms with the destruction of the world while attempting impossible tasks – finding materials in the desert, shoring up supplies, finding two of every animal in the world.

Do I recommend you read this book?
Sure, it’s interesting while probably not quite heretical.

How did this book make my list?
It was recommended to me by my facebook visual bookshelf application.

Has it won any awards?
No, I don’t believe so.

Favorite quotes:
“It’s amazing how many tiny creatures are out there, and God made them all. Sometimes I wonder why He bothered, since most people never even see them. Or if they do see they hate them, like snakes. People call snakes the Devil’s lackeys but I think, Okay, there was one bad one but not all of them.” – p 85

Anything else?
Maine has written a bunch of books on Bible stories, I want to try reading some more; despite the fact he looks exceedingly scary in his cover picture.

Personal thoughts:
I’m always a bit nervous when I read a novelization of a Bible story. Generally speaking, most authors have their own agenda, such as trying to explain away God, or make the people in the story into paragons of sexual energy or desire – which they weren’t. They were simply normal people for their time. This book was nice in it’s perspective, however. Maine doesn’t question the involvement of God in Noah’s life, it’s never looked at as something odd but by people who are already questioning other things about the man. And it addresses the struggles the family of Noah would have had to go through that we don’t consider; such as how terrifying it would be to live on the ark during the storms, with hundreds of predators and a limited food quantity. How bad it would smell, and how dark it would get. And the thought of God’s destructive power hovering in your mind when you realize that everyone you’ve ever met that isn’t part of your family is dead, drowned. Noah’s daughters-in-law lost their entire biological families. And this novel follows as they question, obey, suffer, and are cursed and rewarded in their own paths.

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