'Well, we've all got a story of our own to tell now, the story to end all stories. (That nearly did exactly that in fact.)'
From The Flood, by David Maine
The Flood, by David Maine, is a clever reworking of the Biblical account of Noah and the Ark, which I'm sure we've all heard countless times from childhood. Engaging, funny and moving, the novel follows Noe (Noah), his wife, sons, and daughters-in-law on their journey of survival and obedience to God. I like the way the narrative jumps from character to character, ensuring that the story is told from all angles. Maine also successfully captures the voices of all eight characters, making each one distinct.
It really made me think about the task God had Noah set out and do, and how miraculous the end result was. The novel drove home for me the importance of trusting God for everything, even the seemingly impossible. However, as a Christian, I found the ending rather disconcerting, as God remains stubbornly silent, and Noe's future seems rather grim and disappointing. However, it was an enjoyable read and is a fairly 'convincing amplification of the Biblical story'.