Monday, May 12, 2008

The Flood: David Maine

This book is what happens when a novelist gets hold of the Biblical flood account and retells it as literally true. It's subversive, entertaining, thought-provoking. It's about a full-on believer very unlike the dreary and samey European traditions of books about vicars who've lost their faith but carry on anyway.

What is life like living with an extremist who turns out to be right? What do the family think of this God who drowns the world? What does Noah do after the Flood when the words from God stop coming and he has to cope with being an ordinary, lonely old man? What a fabulous, funny read. You might even have to use the phrase 'heart-warming' by the end but don't let that put you off.

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