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The Waterproof Bible

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  873 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
A magical story of love and the isolation that defines the modern condition - Andrew Kaufman pulls off the near impossible and creates a wholly original allegorical tale that is both emotionally resonant and outlandishly fun.

Rebecca Reynolds is a young woman with a most unusual and inconvenient problem: no matter how hard she tries, she can't stop her emotions from escapi
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Published (first published February 23rd 2010)
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Mar 06, 2010 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kaufman has a true taste for the metaphorical. The pages of his Bible are suffused with totems, and religions, and floods, and sudden blindness. What it all means is entirely up to the reader, and there will doubtless be a few who find The Waterproof Bible not to their liking. The tale is just barely linear, and most of the outlandish events that occur are left unexplained. I would argue that when the trek is this much damned fun, it doesn't matter if you're left a little bewildered at journey's ...more
Feb 27, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian, novel
Oh-so-weird and oh-so-wonderful...but isn't that what Andrew Kaufman does best? All My Friends are Superheroes still holds the top spot for me, but I enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed Born Weird, which is to say I enjoyed it very much. While I initially was drawn in by Rebecca's story (filling up shoeboxes with her emotions -- brilliant), it was Aby who turned out to be my favourite in the end -- her out-of-water journey was just spectacular.
Feb 24, 2010 Marcella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Boy-I love Andrew Kaufman's writing. His first, All My Friends are Superheroes was a perfect little book, and this, his 2nd is also truly wondrous. Funny, smart, magic realism meets Canadian landscape meets tight writing...
Martin Clark
Dec 20, 2012 Martin Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A surreal and wonderful tale. The story includes a woman who broadcasts her feelings to everyone around her unless she traps them in an object and stores it in a box; underwater cities so much like our own they have skyscrapers and insurance clerks and fundamentalist religion; and an inhabitant of one of those cities, a green-skinned, gilled woman named Aberystwyth, driving to Canada in a Honda Civic to save the soul of her mother.
I'm sure it's meant to be allegorical, but I love this kind of qu
Jun 08, 2016 MaggyGray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books-in-2016
Was für eine zauberhafte Geschichte!

Ein bisschen verworren zwar zuerst, aber spätestens nach dem ersten Drittel hatte mich der Autor.

In "Nach dir die Sintflut" geht es um drei Menschen, die unterschiedlicher nicht sein könnten, und um eine Aquatikerin, Aby, die "entwässert", also an Land geht, um nach ihrer Mutter zu suchen bzw. diese nach Hause zu holen, bevor sie an Land stirbt - im Aquatismus die größte aller Sünden. Auf dieser Reise streift sie ungewollt die Leben der drei Hauptprotagonisten
Jul 13, 2010 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was definately an interesting read. The book was very strange, and I'm still not sure it went anywhere, but I could hardly put the stupid thing down. I'd recommend it if you're feeling philosophical or want to be confused.
Wiebke (1book1review)
This is such a great read. I love the characters Kaufmann creates. They are so average and out of the ordinary at the same time, it is just amazing.
Aug 24, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Back in the good ol’ days there was real and unreal and that was it; it was one thing or t’other. Then all these other realisms started appearing: surrealism, magic realism,hyperrealism, neorealism, pseudorealism. Suddenly it all got very confusing. Confusion, of course, is a state of mind. And if you were looking for a state of mind in which to approach The Waterproof Bible I would aim for this one: Things only get confusing if you let them get confusing. Accept what’s presented on the page as
Aug 13, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so very, very lovely. I picked it up because of the cover, which is weird and wacky, and the title which is well, exactly the same. I haven't read a print book in a while (#queenofthekindle) and it was really refreshing to leaf through pages, especially when those pages were filled with a story that manages to be both whimsical and deep, full of fantasy AND full of realism. I'd be keen to read more of Kaufman's work, definitely!
Petra Kidd
The edition I read had a different cover, it had a frog on the front and was published by Telegraph books. Loved the cover but shame on the publisher/editor for the spelling mistakes, you did not do the author justice by allowing such proofreading sloppiness.

Never mind, I did enjoy this beautiful and unusual book. I think it could have gone a little deeper with the characters and been expanded in many ways. Towards the end it did feel rushed as the chapters became very short. Well done Andrew Ka
Peter Darbyshire
A woman tries to stop projecting her emotions into the minds of those around her by instead channeling her feelings into possessions, which she hides in a storage facility. A man builds a sailboat in the middle of the Prairies, despite there being no water nearby — until father and son rainmakers make a catastrophic appearance. A woman from an aquatic civilization searches for her mother, who has hidden herself among the land dwellers and is running an abandoned hotel. A musician has an uneasy r ...more
Nov 28, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful & imaginative & so fun.
Robbins Library
Andrew Kaufman's books are always a little strange, but this one surpasses the others (All My Friends Are Superheroes; Born Weird).

It begins in Toronto with Rebecca on the way to her younger sister's funeral, together with her brother-in-law Lewis. Rebecca has the unusual ability to project her feelings into other people; the stronger the feeling, the wider her range. Since childhood, she has taken to storing her strong emotions in objects, where they can be contained. This would be odd enough,
I have to admit, I initially, whole-heartedly judged this book by it's cover; you would too because the edition I have is GORGEOUS. Coral fabric hardcover, with the title in gold and the partial dust jacket depicting waves in blues and greens and yellows. Unfortunately the guts of the book were less memorable than its skin. I wished that the ending was more drawn out; as it is it feels rushed. I enjoyed the story for its weirdness and imagination but it didn't leave much of an impression overall ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Fae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, kindle
Being that this is considerably longer than the other two Kaufman books I have (and love) I was kind of apprehensive about this, which is why it sat in my "to read" folder for such a long time. Turns out it was needless worrying though, because whilst it's no All My Friends Are Superheroes, it's still a flippin delight that made me cry more than once. If I wasn't so wary of turning invisible or giant frogs driving Honda's, I think I'd want Andrew Kaufman to write my life.
Apr 30, 2015 Val rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think the author's quirky style and non-characters work better in a short story than a novel. I eventually got tired of them.
The non-characters in this book include Lisa's sister and her ex-husband, Lisa's widower, some aquatics and some rainmakers. Odd and sometimes amusing things happen, usually involving water.
This should not be recommended to fans of Murakami.
Mar 08, 2012 Robyn rated it really liked it
Not as good as all my friends are superheroes or the tiny wife, but still really good. I loved the beliefs of the aquatics. Especially looking at something really tall to remind yourself how small you are, and that in turn your problems are also small. Didn't like the more religious aspect of it, but that's my fault for trying to ignore the word "bible" in the title!!
Jan 06, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest I don't actually know what this was about...but I enjoyed it a lot......full of quirky characters in fairly normal circumstances...
I liked the idea of people being gable to feel your emotions and storing them all.
the whole aquatic thing to me was a side story to the interplay between most of the characters,who amusingly rarely met.
Feb 16, 2011 Clare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
I liked this! Quirky and a little weird but I was drawn in to each of the storylines. I started out most interested in Rebecca, the character who projects her emotions, but in the end I loved Aby, the Aquatic who was so driven to rescue her mother.
Feb 04, 2016 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: at-home
This is my favorite kind of story--fantastical, prophetic, life-affirming, and funny. It's spiritual without needing to talk about organized religion.
Keith Blodgett
This story was darker and more convoluted than either of the other two books of Kaufman's that I've read. This story jumps around telling bits and pieces of several arcs which had always been one of my least favorite story telling styles. Just as I get invested in one part of the story we switch to a new viewpoint, lather, rinse, repeat. There was also the attempt to create a language and a religion both of which felt... rushed. I read and liked the book but had I started with this one I probabl ...more
Terry Mark
Jan 23, 2016 Terry Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a bizarre and imaginative novel that starts when a honda civic screeches to a halt inches away from the back of funeral car. The woman behind the wheel seems to have green skin. The book consists of short chapters following the different characters and the way they are connected .The more I read the more I enjoyed it, in fact I loved this book and there's a lot more to it than first meets the eye. The evolutionary aspects and some deep meaningful undercurrents right through to it's fabul ...more
The Waterproof Bible is a novel written in a humorous, modern style, and you are surprised when it turns out to have fantastical elements in it. The main character, Rebecca, has the unfortunate ability to broadcast her feelings to everyone around her, whether she wants to or not. She becomes incapacitated when her sister dies, and her brother-in-law does not seem to care. Enter a green Honda Civic-driving alien with mother issues, and things start to get really weird! Interestingly, this book's ...more
Amy Boughner
May 08, 2013 Amy Boughner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Kaufman writes wonderful characters, and nothing makes sense until it all does
Oct 05, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I waver between 3.5 and 4 stars...but I found this a really interesting read. As with all the Kaufman books I've read so far, there is a lot of metaphor and the way he writes lends itself to careful reading (or rereads) because of it. Like the title implies, but the blurb less so, there is a lot of religious commentary which could also be taken less literally to be commentary about non-religious dogma as well.

I liked the way the different characters' stories connected and the ways they crossed p
I began this book by really enjoying Rebecca's story, including her unusual emotional quirks - then things got weird. Really weird.


Some sort of human-fish hybrid race is living in Earth's waters, and other than that I really can't tell you too much about the plot because it was weird. The "Aquatics", and that entire story line, seemed really out of place to me. I felt I was ready two entirely different books throughout the novel, and although the author did have the various plot l
Jul 24, 2011 Pasteurisiert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Pasteurisiert mit 5 von 5 Sternen. Eine neue Leseerfahrung!

Andrew Kaufman beginnt seine Geschichte mit einem Knoten, von dem aus die Handlungsfäden auseinandergehen und neue hinzukommen. Am Ende treffen alle Fäden wieder aufeinander.

Unglaublich, wie Andrew es schafft so viele Bilder in meinem Kopf entstehen zu lassen. Ganz nebelig kann ich ab Mitte des Buches den weiteren Verlauf erahnen. Ich beschleunige mein Lesetempo, weil ich es nicht mehr erwarten kann mehr zu erfahren. Fesselnd steuert al
Helen Brown
Mar 23, 2013 Helen Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Kaufman creates worlds where the magical coexists with the mundane and weird things don't need to be explained, they just are. Emotions can be stored in boxes in self-storage and there's a race of green beings that live underwater and have strong religious beliefs. The style of writing is beautifully matter of fact about all the strange things going on with throwaway moments of humour. There are so many ideas crammed into this book but they all fit together and feel like part of the story ...more
Nov 04, 2015 Sonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was another one that I picked up on the Amazon special offer thing before I went on holiday. I had read both All My Friends Are Superheroes and The Tiny Wife, and I know that I generally like the surrealness of Kaufman.

Rebecca Reynolds has a problem. She has always been unable to stop herself from transmitting her feelings to everyone around her. In an effort to bring an end to this, she stores away mementoes that she attatches her emotions to.

However, on the day of her beautiful musician s
Rebecca Reynolds has a problem. Like a reverse sense of empathy, she has the ability to broadcast every emotion she feels to everyone around her. To solve this problem, she traps her feelings in personal objects and locks them away in Unit 207, E.Z Self Storage.

This becomes a problem when Rebecca's beloved sister Lisa dies and both she and her musician brother in law Lewis are forced to confront their grief in weird and totally unexpected ways.

An accidental near miss between their funeral car an
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ANDREW KAUFMAN's critically acclaimed first book, All My Friends Are Superheroes, was a cult hit and has been translated into six languages. Kaufman is also an accomplished screenwriter, film-maker and radio producer and has completed a Director's Residency at the Canadian Film Centre. He lives in Toronto with his wife and their two children.
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