CanLit Challenge Book #27 (Canada Reads 2008): Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley
Filed under: Canada Reads,CanLit Challenge — Ibis at 10:46 am on Saturday, January 26, 2008

From the back cover:
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.”

Other useful links:
Canada Reads page for Not Wanted on the Voyage
the Wikipedia entry for Not Wanted on the Voyage
Quill and Quire profile of Timothy Findley

My thoughts:
I loved this book. It was relentless and heart-wrenching, but wow, does Timothy Findley ever have an imagination! This book definitely deserves a second read. I loved the character of Mottyl and I hated Noah, Yahweh and all their patriarchal ilk. This would be a great book for discussion in a book group and I really wished that it had won Canada Reads. I’m in awe of an author who can write this way. I think it was Steve MacLean on the Canada Reads panel who said that Lucy was a secret weapon that he was waiting to be used, but I guess history just hasn’t been like that…

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