86th out of 210 books — 77 voters
The History of Our World Beyond the Wave: A Fantasy
by R.E. Klein
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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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
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?