The Preservationist

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Macmillan, Jul 1, 2005 - Fiction - 256 pages
31 Reviews
"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.
  

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User Review  - Sandydog1 - LibraryThing

Mildly funny and quite clever treatment of that age-old Genesis flood story. Full of marital love, human weakness, smart (naturalist/paleontologist) daughters-in law, faith (of course), wrath, and uncertainty. Oh, and lots of "rutting". Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

I picked this up as a recommended "alternative" to the Noah movie, as apparently it was more accurate and had humor. And it was on sale. At points, The Preservationist was a really good novelization ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
15
Section 4
24
Section 5
31
Section 6
35
Section 7
48
Section 8
52
Section 20
116
Section 21
125
Section 22
133
Section 23
143
Section 24
150
Section 25
153
Section 26
159
Section 27
163

Section 9
53
Section 10
56
Section 11
64
Section 12
71
Section 13
77
Section 14
82
Section 15
89
Section 16
95
Section 17
98
Section 18
103
Section 19
112
Section 28
170
Section 29
173
Section 30
176
Section 31
183
Section 32
187
Section 33
194
Section 34
196
Section 35
205
Section 36
221
Section 37
225
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About the author (2005)

David Maine was born in 1963 and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College and the University of Arizona, and has worked in the mental health systems of Massachusetts and Arizona. He has taught English in Morocco and Pakistan, and since 1998 has lived in Lahore, Pakistan with his wife, novelist Uzma Aslam Khan.

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