Day 23 – A picture of your favorite book
I have many. I like to read. Books are my favorite. However, because I needed to choose I took this approach–I thought about the book I go back to over and over again. I thought about the books I’ve read the most number of times, because I just enjoy reading them. They include The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, Two from Galilee by Marjorie Holmes, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, and our winner:
The Preservationist (or The Flood, as it’s also called) by David Maine. It’s not particularly hard read, but I find it highly entertaining. It’s a spin on Noah and the great flood, from the view of everyone involved–Noah, his wife, his sons, and their wives. The story is anything but typical–it’s bawdy, funny, and very real. It addresses all the feelings each party might have had given the ridiculous situation and explores the characters and their relationships in a very open and honest way. I love Noah as a cranky old man, and characters who didn’t have a voice (or even a name, enter The Wife) get a voice and reaction to the craziness of the world’s goings-on. The book goes from before the building of the ark all the way to trying to rebuild and repopulate the earth. I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and I’ve gotten teased because my usual books are too boring or too big. This one is neither. A fun, slightly crazy twist on a old classic. I highly recommend it.