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The History of Our World Beyond the Wave

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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, 215 pages
Published October 31st 1998 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Kate Vastola
Apr 17, 2008 Kate Vastola rated it it was amazing
Grown-up Chronicles of Narnia... meets... Planet of the Apes?
May 02, 2008 Adam rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 16, 2014 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
Paul Sant, teacher of English, is spared by a fortunate set of coincidences from the ravages of The Wave when it submerges California and the rest of the world bar a few mountain tops. On his fortuitously acquired surf mat he sails the seas until he finds land, and eventually one or two others who also escaped destruction.

But not everything is as it seems since The Wave, there are a few mysteries that need unravelling, and at times reality and illusion become confused, and Paul and his few survi
Ryan X
Feb 03, 2008 Ryan X rated it liked it
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
Steve Chaput
Jul 03, 2013 Steve Chaput rated it really liked it
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?

Jan 17, 2016 Karin rated it did not like it
I hate this book, I hate this book, I hate this book! I tried valiantly to finish this, but won't be doing that. If, however, you like things like this (the the jacket they liken it to Milton & Bunyan, go for it. I took out out on a whim because I liked the cover & the title.
Jan 21, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
This was OK. The world is destroyed in a deluge that leaves very few people alive, and now they are faced with some very new challenges, like communicating with Gillmen who want to eat them and, you know, forming a new society out of the leavings of the old.
Lonnie Smith
Oct 27, 2012 Lonnie Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-sci-fi, fantasy
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.
Prattle On, Boyo
May 17, 2013 Prattle On, Boyo rated it it was amazing
The excellent story that has elements of every great literature book you ever read in the Humanities in college.
Oct 23, 2008 Alisha rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
It started out kinda slow but then it picked up. The last half of the book was great, I couldn't put it down!
Jul 16, 2009 Clare rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is an after-the-big-disaster type of book, kind of like the movie Waterworld, but with more thought put into the plot.
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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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