BOOK BLOGGER APPRECIATION WEEK
DAY 4: A Forgotten Treasure
The topic for day 4 of Book Blogger Appreciation Week is forgotten treasures. Do I have a book that I wish got more attention from the book blogging community? I had to rack my brain for all of two seconds to come up with the answer. Anyone who has been following my blog from the beginning may have noticed that I have a tendency to gush about Timothy Findley. For me, he was one of the greatest literary minds of the 20th Century.
One of Findley’s trademarks was to take historical events and write them into a fictional context…or maybe it was to take fictional events and write them into an historical context. Either way, he liked to blend fact and fiction in some of the most marvelous ways. My favorite Findley novel has long been Not Vanted on the Voyage. To sum it up in a single sentence, it is the story of Noah’s Arc told partially from the perspective of Noah’s wife’s cat. Now if that doesn’t catch your attention, tell me, what will?
God, the all powerful, wizardy, cat-loving, sort of guy he has been portrayed as here, is growing tired with his creation. Man is running amok and chaos is reigning on Earth. God decides to end it all with a massive flood (perhaps you know this story? ;)) God’s buddy, the curmudgeon and brutish Noah is chosen, with his family to survive the flood. This is obviously the tale of Noah’s epic adventure to save the animals and his family from the flood, but it if like nothing you imagine it to be. The symbolism employed by Findley and the tidbits of modernity that he throws in make this a raucously funny and pleasantly quirky read. I am straining myself to remember further plot details, but it has been nearly ten years since I read the book. I am dying to re-read it, but my only copy is back in Canada and the Book Depository, shamefully so, does not carry Findley’s work to the extent they should.
P.S. – If you aren’t a big fan of symbolism this book might not be for you. Findley does overdo it slightly in that department, but, honestly, it only serves to add to the humor and wit of the story.