Modern Classics Not Wanted On The Voyage

Paperback | May 12, 2006

byTimothy FindleyForeword byPaul Quarrington

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Not Wanted on the Voyage is the story of the great flood and the first time the world ended. It is a brilliant, unforgettable drama filled with an extraordinary cast of remarkable characters: the tyrannical Noah and his indomitable wife, Mrs. Noyes; the aging and irritable Yahweh; a chorus of singing sheep; and a unicorn destined for a horrible death. With pathos and pageantry, desperation and hope, magic and mythology, this acclaimed novel weaves its unforgettable spell.

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Not Wanted on the Voyage is the story of the great flood and the first time the world ended. It is a brilliant, unforgettable drama filled with an extraordinary cast of remarkable characters: the tyrannical Noah and his indomitable wife, Mrs. Noyes; the aging and irritable Yahweh; a chorus of singing sheep; and a unicorn destined for a...

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"An impassioned fable...[Findley’s] prose rises to the heights of astonishing brilliance, with moments of great beauty and pathos." — The Times Literary Supplement (London)

Timothy Findley (1930-2002) was one of Canada's most compelling and best-loved writers. He is the author of The Wars, which won the Governor General's Award and established him as one of Canada's leading writers, as well as Pilgrim and The Piano Man's Daughter, both finalists for The Giller Prize. His other novels, Headhunter, The Tell...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.72 × 5.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 12, 2006Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0143055070

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fascinating I had to read this book for English class, and I have to say, I was amused that we were allowed to read this in a Catholic school! It isn't necessarily sacrilegious, but it brings up and questions the integrity of religion and its use in society. This book retells the Noah's Ark the way "it really happened". It delves into the questions as to why there was a flood and what happens on the ark. It portrays God as Yaweh, a depressed god who is assumed to commit suicide. It isn't an easy book to read, as there are some scenes that are extremely violating and sickening. I would recommend this book to anyone who is open minded and wants to read an a mind-blowing uptake on one of the oldest stories of all time.
Date published: 2010-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good story This is a good book. It can be read and taken at face value, or analyzed on a much deeper level. If you have strong religious beliefs, this book probably wont be to your liking. For a heathen like me, I loved the humor in it, or most of it. A couple things even made me cringe.
Date published: 2009-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Interesting Read With the exception of one rather morbid, grotesque and slightly disturbing scene involving a Unicorn, this is an excellent book. Timothy Findley's re-telling of Noah's Ark and the first time the world ended is a Canadian must-read! Although it is a bit odd in parts and Findley tends to over use the hyphen, it's well worth your time.
Date published: 2008-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something Special I had never heard of this book until it was a finalist in 2008 Canada Reads contest. I was immediately drawn into this new but familiar world. I have no idea where or even when exactly the story takes place but I think it could be everywhere, anytime. On the surface it is the 'true' story of Noah's ark and the (mis)adventures of everyone involved. There are such cruel behaviours and many tender and kind. It is an easy read at this level. If you want to look deeper, there are endless things to analyze and discuss. It seems that everything could be symbolic if you let it. This is not a bad thing. I love to question religion and how it makes people act while giving them an excuse to perform what I consider terrible deeds unto others. You will find villains and heroes, one particular in an unexpected place. You will find humour and great sadness. You will come to love and hate all the different people in Noah's family. Then there are the animals! That's all I'm saying. You must read this for yourself and then make sure you have a friend read it so you'll have someone to talk about it with.
Date published: 2008-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Canadian Literature I first got introduced to TIFF when reading The Wars with school, and I can tell you that Not Wanted on the Voyage is equally as great, if not superiior. An incredible fantasy novel by an incredible Canadian author, Not Wanted on the Voyage puts an even more interesting spin on religion than The DaVinci Code.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Canadian Classic This novel, both political and deeply personal, re-envisions the myth of Noah's Ark from a uniquely Canadian perspective. God is not dead, but dying: a senile and decaying old man around whom flies already hover. Noah, dogmatic and inflexible, builds the Ark and stocks it with his vision of the perfect survivors. Noah's wife, increasingly uneasy with Noah's brand of righteousness, becomes an unlikely and unwilling hero as she begins to champion the ones Noah would leave to die: a disabled child, an elderly cat, a unicorn. Lucifer, the Fallen, is not a figure of evil but a figure of transgressive sexuality. The tension between Noah's tyrannical patriarchy and his wife's bumbling compassion grows ever greater, as Noah, corrupted by his own power, commits unspeakable acts (including one of the most emotionally wrenching scenes I've ever read). The epigraph of the novel is "Against Despair", and a more compelling vision of the struggle for hope and humanity is hard to imagine.
Date published: 2007-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Work Findley's characters are ragged, flawed, vulnerable and beautiful. His blend of subtle fantasy, biblical story and basic human drama make this book a personal favourite. The celebration of personal strength in the face of tyranny felt life-affirming, and my heartbreak for the oppressed was genuine. Findley was a master of crafting visual stories, but I found this one the most visually striking, thanks to his brilliant diction. I recommend this book to every avid reader.
Date published: 2006-07-31

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"A dazzling display of literary thaumaturgy, magic in its purest sense..." - Paul Quarrington