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Published in 1984, Not Wanted on the Voyage is one of Timothy Findley's most imaginative and compelling literary fictions. Findley turns to one of our essential myths: the biblical story of the great Flood, but he doesn't so much retell it as take our common knowledge of the Old Testament tale and give it an extraordinary twist. Here we have Dr. Noah Noyes, diabolical conjuror and dictatorial leader of his helpless little boat-bound band, sure of his total superiority as man, husband, and father, imposing his view of the ways of God on his wife and family. The kind and generous Mrs. Noyes stands in direct contrast to her hard-hearted husband, and then there are the Noyes children: strongman Japeth, every inch his father's son, with his delicate wife, Emma; and the sensitive Ham, every inch his mother's, with his mysterious wife, Lucy (a.k.a. Lucifer, who, having escaped from Hell, has decided to align himself with mankind). Findley, a great lover of cats, also gives us the crotchety Mottyl, making his way through his ninth and final life. Not Wanted on the Voyage is poetic and passionate and bursting with a wide-eyed inventiveness, at once a stunningly contemporary attempt at mythmaking, a grand novel of the power of the imagination, and a thoroughly good read. --Jeffrey Canton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A dazzling display of literary thaumaturgy, magic in its purest sense..." - Paul QuarringtonSee all Product Description
I was telling a friend how much I enjoy reading Timothy Findlay and I like him so much I re bought this novel to re read.Published 3 months ago by Albert Hannon
I love this book. Have read it twice now. Its a very interesting take on the tale. Sad, but worth the readPublished 19 months ago by lkk1212
I read this book a long time ago and I heartily recommend it. I sent a copy to a relative for summertime reading. Fanciful and thought-provoking well-written fiction. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2013 by Bookologist
This reinterpretation is full of majesty as it takes the Biblical account of the flood and turns it on its head. Read morePublished on March 25 2013 by Spartnan
This is no doubt a very strange book. It is dark with some pretty disturbing scenes but somehow manages to demonstrate an achingly beautiful landscape. Read morePublished on July 25 2008 by Lyra Tallis
This was one of the most painful reads I have endured for quite some time. I found this book ridiculous, and down right silly. Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2006 by Nikki- book lover