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Noah's Ark, Gericault's The Raft of the Medusa and "an offbeat vision of the Hereafter" are some of the ingredients of this pyrotechnical work. "Admirers of Barnes are accustomed to thoroughly unorthodox approaches to the novel, and his latest, while brilliantly entertaining, certainly strains the limits of the genre," PW remarked.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A revisionist view of Noah's Ark, told by the stowaway woodworm. A chilling account of terrorists hijacking a cruise ship. A court case in 16th-century France in which the woodworm stand accused. A desperate woman's attempt to escape radioactive fallout on a raft. An acute analysis of Gericault's "Scene of Shipwreck." The search of a 19th-century Englishwoman and of a contemporary American astronaut for Noah's Ark. An actor's increasingly desperate letters to his silent lover. A thoughtful meditation on the novelist's responsibility regarding love. These and other stories make up Barnes's witty and sometimes acerbic retelling of the history of the world. The stories are connected, if only tangentially, which is precisely Barnes's point: historians may tell us that "there was a pattern," but history is "just voices echoing in the dark; . . . strange links, impertinent connections." Fascinating reading from the author of Flaubert's Parrot , but not for those wanting conventional plot.
- Barbara Hoffert, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
What an unexpected and fantastic read. I thought I would be reading a condensed straight version of the history of the world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book lover
“Modern” novel? An interplay of different stories, each one self-standing, but distinctly connected, traces man's passage through the history we know. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Magalini Sabina
I have no idea why I grabbed this off my shelf to read, because of the cover? Because so many read it before I got it at the used book store? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sharon A
Very clever, hilarious first story about Noah and the Ark. The rest all amusing but not quite as clever except the last one ,both sarcastic amd metaphysicalPublished 5 months ago by MARIA MARTA RAGGIO
Loved it. Barnes is a sharp observer of human nature and a good writer. I've given a half dozen copies as gifts.Published 5 months ago by RR in DC
This was utter garbarge---almost totally unintelligable in my estimation. This is one of the very few books I was totally unable to finish because it made no sense to me... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Margery Andrews
I think this is one of the best novels/short story collections written in the last 30 years. It is a pleasurable and deep reflection on human nature, on memory, on love, and on how... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anton Matytsin