August 02, 2004 12:00 PM

By David Maine

This inventive reimagining of the Biblical flood tale for a 21st-century audience is told from the perspective of Noah’s extended family—his wife, his three sons and their wives—as they struggle to assemble a menagerie and live through the deluge. For Noah’s clan (at least one of whom, his son Japheth, admits to being “not overly fond of boats”) more than seven months of ark life is the trial one might imagine: filled with boredom and bickering, but also the solidarity of survival and the dawning realization that Noah is more visionary than crack-pot. As Japheth puts it, their journey is “a hell of a story to tell the grandkids.” It makes for pretty good reading too.

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