The History of Our World Beyond the Wave: A Fantasy
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The History of Our World Beyond the Wave: A Fantasy

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A tidal wave came, as high as the stars and hissing, and it washed away bathers, buildings, all civilization. Paul Sant survived by clinging to a surf mat. Eventually he found land-but unlike land he had ever know. Combining an allegory of good and evil with adventure that takes us through nightmare to salvation-including knights in armor, fish people called Gugs, and an o...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 31st 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Kate Vastola
Grown-up Chronicles of Narnia... meets... Planet of the Apes?
Paul Sant miraculously survives a great deluge at the beginning of this unique and optimistic post-apocalyptic novel. Paul find himself becoming part Robinson Crusoe, part Gulliver as he travels from island to island--formerly hilltops and mountaintops--in the aquatic landscape of his new world. He is explorer, survivor and pilgrim, all at once. Never certain exactly how hostile this new world is, from time to time Paul encounters strange creatures and even a metaphysically unstable and deadly i...more
Ryan X
Feb 09, 2008 Ryan X rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ryan by: Cousin Tom!
I enjoyed this book; there's a lot going on here, and it requires faith from the reader. I say this because many of the assumptions I had about the way different episodes in the book would play out were incorrect. However, it's a different world after the wave and the possibilities are great. It starts off traditionally, but within the first couple pages you're swept away by the wave of the title. I think that the fantastic adventures of Paul Sant, the main character, are entertaining and enligh...more
Klein's book is not easy to explain, so I won't even attempt it. After the world is engulfed by a massive wave, Paul (the narrator)finds himself adrift and begins seeking other survivors. During his journey he comes across creatures and others who may be mystical in origin, mutated crabs who threaten to devour. Finally, he joins a small group who as they attempt to rebuild, discover that not everyone wants things to return to the way they were. Has evil as well as good survived the End?

Lonnie Smith
A fun read, if a bit brief. I felt like some scenes should have been fleshed out more to make the reader feel the urgency/despair/emotion of the happenings. Other than that, I quite enjoyed this book.
This is an after-the-big-disaster type of book, kind of like the movie Waterworld, but with more thought put into the plot.
Prattle On, Boyo
The excellent story that has elements of every great literature book you ever read in the Humanities in college.
It started out kinda slow but then it picked up. The last half of the book was great, I couldn't put it down!
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“What I am saying,' [Hiram Bell] said, 'is that we once had much, and we made what we could of it, but now it is passed. Do you mourn the passing of civilization? I do not. We do not live for civilization. We live to build our souls up to be good enough for God. More beer?” 1 likes
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