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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.
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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.
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