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The Preservationist | [David Maine]

The Preservationist

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.
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Imagine you are one of Noah's grown sons and suddenly your father starts to talk about the coming flood and the need to build the largest ship ever made. Imagine you're Noah's wife and you have to gather provisions to feed a large family and an even larger collection of animals for a sea journey of unknown duration. Imagine you are on that ship with all those wild animals while the amount of food shrinks and the quantity of dung expands. Have you ever wondered what Noah did after the rain stopped and the ark finally came to rest upon some land? You don't need to be religious to enjoy one of the greatest adventure stories ever told.

Publisher's Summary

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 when the waters will recede, what emerges is a family caught in the midst of an extraordinary Biblical event, with all the tension, humanity, and even humor that implies.

©2004 David Maine; (P)2004 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"A literary debut that makes a familiar story enthralling." (Booklist)
"A perfect fit for audio. Maine's witty, always credible monologues, performed by an exceptional cast, will draw listeners into familiar yet stunningly original territory." (AudioFile)
"Wildly different in temperament, age, and provenance, these characters, each telling part of the story, help create a brilliant kaleidoscopic analysis of the situation....A story of faith and survival (think Life of Pi thousands of years earlier with a much larger cast of characters), this debut is a winner." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sharon United States 06-14-05
    Sharon United States 06-14-05
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    "A frolicking tale"

    This was a hoot. The prose was nicely done, with both a deep message and enough entertainment to keep me laughing out loud. The characters are deeply developed and their stories of the challenges of such impossible tasks will enrich your thinking. A teriffic debut. I look forward to more from David Maine.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    D. Littman OH 09-02-05
    D. Littman OH 09-02-05 Member Since 2003

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    "imaginative retelling of the Noah story"

    For any of you familiar with the bible & most particularly its first 5 books, you will know that the stories therein "telegraph" fuller stories & morals to the stories in such a way that they are tremendously open to interpretation, puzzlement and questions. The Noah story is like this too. Certainly just a few hundred words, if that, in Genesis, it is puzzling & open to interpretation. The author of The Preservationist has taken advantage of these circumstances to write a very stimulating & imaginative account of what things might have been like for Noah, his sons (& importantly, his daughters-in-law) and his wife. I found the book moved along at a nice pace, was well-narrated, and frequently gave rise to my own intellectualizing of the story, or my appreciation of the author's having done so. This is not "great literature," but it is a nice diversion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Rocky River, OH, United States 08-22-05
    Julia Rocky River, OH, United States 08-22-05 Member Since 2005
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    "What a treat!"

    I didn't want this one to end; even knowing the end of the book didn't ruin the enjoyment of this great listen. The multi-character cast of readers gets it just right in conveying what it might have been like to be in Noah's family as they prepared for and endured the deluge. I have recommended the book to others as a "listen only" because the different voices were so compelling--and funny!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Montezuma, NM, United States 01-17-06
    Elizabeth Montezuma, NM, United States 01-17-06 Member Since 2004
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    "a good read"

    Extremely well read by a company of very professional readers. The story is told from multiple perspectives, and the details can be sometimes witty, soemtimes gritty, sometimes spiritual. A good retelling of a familiar story with some amusingly modern themes thrown in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Lombard, IL, USA 07-05-05
    Andrew Lombard, IL, USA 07-05-05
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    "Brilliant novel and illuminating take on old story"

    Sure, don't be fooled into thinking this is a happy Christian novel. It's raw and real and authentic. It's mythical, it's a provocative narrative, it's true to the biblical story but offers depth of insight and color to an otherwise one-dimensional text.

    Each narrator is compelling and relentlessly poignant and interesting. The Bible story will never be the same.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Wm. Concrete, WA, United States 01-27-06
    Wm. Concrete, WA, United States 01-27-06 Member Since 2001
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    "what a disapointment"

    This could have been a great story.
    There are just too many discrepancys betwine the book and the few facts that are available in the Bible. I know it is fiction, but when it is based on other accounts, they should be considered.
    Also, as others have said, we don't really need to have blow by blow discriptions of Noah's and his children's sexual prowes.
    If only Audible would put some kind of worning it the reviews about content, it would save me some time, not to mention money, that I could use listening to good books.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Corpus Christi, TX, USA 01-05-06
    Timothy Corpus Christi, TX, USA 01-05-06
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    "Don't waste your money!"

    If you want to know Noah's urinary patterns and his sex life then this book is for you, otherwise don't waste your book credits.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    James Grapevine, TX, United States 08-23-05
    James Grapevine, TX, United States 08-23-05
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    "Brilliant"

    Funny, dirty, thought-provoking.

    600 year old Noe (Noah) is a grouchy old man. Who'd a thunk it? This is a delightful retelling of The Flood, filling in imaginary details the Bible never mentioned, but never really straying from the outline we read in Genesis (except maybe for the bright and sassy women, and who's to say otherwise?).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Chicago, IL, United States 08-14-05
    John Chicago, IL, United States 08-14-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Seen from a different angle"

    This is a fun, interesting and remarkably believable tale -- the story of Noah's Ark told from the vantagepoint of all participants: Noah's sons ("Yeah, right, Dad...God told you what??? Okay, since you are our Dad..."), daughters-in-law ("What kind of family is this??" and "I see the best in my husband, but his brothers are nutty and his parents, well), and so on. The different characters draw the reader (listener) in and - while caricatures - have you rooting for their success in dealing with normal life issues (like cleaning the Ark of tons of animal waste, as well as raising children and caring for elderly parents) in the context of the Flood and the Ark. Well worth the listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 07-28-05
    JOHN Plantation, FL, United States 07-28-05 Member Since 2003

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    "Lame!"

    I don't get it. The rave reviews were enough to make me purchase this book. Boy, am I ever disappointed! The dialogue is so anachronistic that is reads like a script from daytime television. The word "rut" is literally substituted for the "F" word and inappropriately pops up all over the place. I am not a prude and am not put off by profanity when it is used in the correct context of the scene. But this is "rutting" ridiculous! It simply sounds stupid, as if written by a 16 year-old.

    Hey, the emperor really has no clothes! This book stinks.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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