05 February 2007
Not Wanted on the Voyage - Timothy Findley
Date: February 5th, 2007
Recommendation: Much like the boat ride, this book has its bright days and its dreary moments
The story of the Great Flood, reinterpreted in the form of a modern fable. Most, if not all religions - for that matter most belief structures - contain the story of a flood of some kind. I guess the idea is that the source (i.e. humans) has become unclean and must be purged. Not wanted on the voyage begins with the flood, throws in some unicorns and dragons, and even presents a guest appearance by the head honcho himself, Yahweh.
Findley enriches this central theme with likable characters, heroic feline efforts, some interesting animal-human interactions, and the entire Noyes family. His plot, however lacks fluidity, to continue the hydrological theme. There are gaps in character development, and in subplots. Because of this, I would say that Findley fails to meet the full potential of the brilliance that occasionally shines through the rain.