Item description for The Preservationist: Library Edition by David Maine, Ensemble Cast & Multiple Narrators...
Noahs family (or Noe, as hes called here)his wife, sons, and daughters-in-lawtell what its 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 cant 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 animalswith no experience feeding or caring for them and no idea when the waters will recedewhat emerges is a family caught in the midst of an extraordinary Biblical event, with all the tension, humanity, and even humor that implies.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.79" Width: 4.86" Height: 1.21" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2008
ISBN 1602529914 ISBN13 9781602529915
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More About David Maine, Ensemble Cast & Multiple Narrators
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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The Preservationist Review Oct 30, 2007
Book Review for the Preservationist Many different shades of red, brown, and green glaze across the wanting cover. Every animal drawn to the very last detail running out of the monstrous boat. There, aloft a little hill lays the mightiest ark of them all. It breaths new life that will hopefully stay for along time and begin the new society. The animals scurry around trying to sniff out the new land, making there new territories, and making sure that none of the other animals come near. It is a true survival story. The book talks about what Noe and his family had to do to survive the horrific flood. The preservationist is Noe. He is the chosen one who is in charge of creating the new society for the world. The Preservationist, written by David Maine, is a magnificent book to read. It has great symbolical elements and has a great plot that flows nicely with the book. The book takes place in the Middle East. That is about all the book gives you about the setting. It doesn't go into much detail about it. We also learn that this happened a long time ago. The main character is Noe, the preservationist. He got chosen out of everyone in the world to head up the building of the ark that would save him and his family from g-d's flood. G-d wasn't very happy with all of the members of the world, so he decided to kill them all by creating a flood that no one could survive. To help Noe build the ark, he gets all of his sons and their wives to come to his homeland and help him create it. He sends them out on very long treks and hikes to get either the materials they need to build the boat, or the animals that g-d has told them to put on the boat, so when they get to land, they can start life all over again. One of the big arguments that the family had was; what order should the animals go into the boat. They had built three decks worth of storage room for the animals, but they needed to make sure that the animals went in the right way so that they wouldn't tip over and drown. They worked through it by Noe finally making the decision. The rain clouds had finally come and so they all got into the boat and waited. It took 2 weeks until the rain finally came, but it wasn't enough for the flood. They waited for awhile longer and finally it rained the holly rain and g-d created the flood. They all safely got onto the boat and started floating away, watching everyone die, not being able to do anything. One of Noe's daughters in law took this very hard. It was very difficult for her to watch them all die in front of her. Noe said it was g-d's will and that this was their fate. She finally got over it and understood. While they were on the boat, they changed so much. They were on the boat for over a year. Sometimes they didn't even talk to each other during the day. It got so boring some times that they would just sleep for the whole day if they weren't doing their daily choirs. One of the more sad parts of the book was when Noe went into his horrific stages. He would go in and out of consciousness. One of Noe's sons took charge while he was out of it. Noe finally got better and went back to work. It was truly a team effort. If one person didn't do there job, then all would go wrong. Every single person on that boat needed to be doing something most of the time. Surprisingly enough, they did work
all together. They did this probably because if they didn't, they knew that they would all die. Also, they never really argued a lot. I know with me, if I'm with one person for a really long time, there is bound to be an argument waiting to happen. While on the ark, no body ever got into an argument. The book's description of things is really good. The author did a really good job of slowing the book down and then describing a situation or event in full, so that one could totally understand it a lot better then if he didn't. I really didn't see anything that I didn't like. It really did a great job of writing this, the way I would like it. One great symbol in this book is the ark. The ark definitely represents an important part. It represents life. Noe's family is the only people left. They are the ones who will have to start society back up. Another symbolical element in the book was the animals. The animals symbolize hope. I mean, g-d isn't going to tell you to take all of these animals for you to just drown in the middle of the sea, right? Having the animals mean that they are going to find land and be able to start society back up again. The book definitely connects to modern life. Life is all about survival. We earn money, eat food, drink water, do well in school, and respect other people to survive in the world. Noe and his family being on the ark is simply a means of survival. They have to be on the ark to survive the flood. To save their lives! This book is for any ages really. I thought it was a great read and was very interesting.
The Preservationist David Maine ISBN: 0-312-32847-8 230 pages
The Preservationist - a new perspective Oct 14, 2007
My background is this: for many years an intense faith in the story told in the bible's pages, then a total loss of faith & belief, and now a solid un-knowing. I hold no belief but I don't rule out the possibility of believing.
THE PRESERVATIONIST is an entertaining, interesting, thought-provoking story and suitable for persons of (biblical) faith as well as persons without faith. Regardless of your spiritual status or belief, the story told here is worth reading - as is the story in it's original form as found in the book of GENESIS.
The bible account is fairly straightforward. Reading it first or having a prior knowledge of it will make the genius of THE PRESERVATIONIST much more apparent. It takes a well known story of mankind's past and transforms the faceless, colorless, personality-free characters & events into something easy to identify with.
The characters are very diverse in their personalities. The characters are marked by equal parts of reverence & irreverence, grit, flaws & strengths. They are real. Anytime a story of the past is retold with characters WE can identify with it takes the story from a cold distant telling and makes it OUR OWN. One we could visualize struggling through and getting past. THAT is what this book does so well.
If you are a person without faith in the bible account, you will be entertained. If you are a person WITH faith in the biblical account you may be surprised to find your faith & appreciation strengthened.
Opens up the theological imagination as well as a great piece of fiction. Nov 4, 2006
I just got finished reading The Preservationist by David Maine. It's a creative re-telling of the story of Noah from the time of God's call to build an ark to when he and his family went their seperate ways to go and re-populate the Earth.
I think what I like about the book so much is how the author uses his imagination to fill in the gaps in the story of Noah.
Moses gave his best attempt at the re-telling of the story of Noah and the flood. A man who lived to be 950 years old and yet Moses only tells the story in a few pages. Hitting the high and low points rather casually.
As I'm learning to approach Scripture in a non-traditional way, one of the thing that most excites me is the possibility of using imagination to fill in the gaps. Not that it makes it true. Or real. But when the imagination is brought into the gaps and spaces of Scripture that remain silent, it opens up a place of creativity. If nothing else it's a great creative exercise.
Taking us outside the world of blacks and whites . . . scientific, analytical words. And into the realm of real lives.
What was the rest of Noah's life like? What was his family like? Did they believe Noah and God? Did they think it was fake? Were they resentful? Were they mad at God? What did their wives think? What did they experience? The animals? What conversations were had between Noah and his children . . . his skeptics . . . his attackers?
David Maine does this with his book. Using his imagination to craft the story of Noah around what has been shared with us in Scripture. Filling in the gaps with missing pieces of the story. He mixes the spirituality and agnosticism of the family with the faith and call of Noah. The consequent tension that this creates and how it turns everyone's life upside down.
The end result is an excellent piece of fiction that was not only excellent literary entertainment . . . but a new theological possibility for approaching Scripture.
In this retelling of the familiar Genesis story of Noah and the Great Flood, Maine's use of multiple narrators gives supernatural material very human dimensions. The biblical "details" of the ark, the deluge, and the gathering of the animals are kept and enlarged upon right along with each human's story (each human in Noe's (Noah's) family, that is.)
The women in the story are particularly strong characters--a pleasant surprise considering the patriarchal resource from which it's drawn. They become the true human instruments of Noah's successful voyage. The supernatural aspects are nicely juxtaposed with the mundane aspects of cramped quarters, human appetites, unpleasant smells, filth, and toil. I highly recommend this novel.
You thought you knew this story May 15, 2006
Noe and the Flood retold in a completely refreshing way. Powerful language. Short, well-crafted sentences. Gentle humor. Characters you come to know and love. All in a slim book for a long weekend. Enjoy!