A short little tale of Adam and Eve, where we get to look into their lives and see what life might have been like for them. This was sweet and lighthe...moreA short little tale of Adam and Eve, where we get to look into their lives and see what life might have been like for them. This was sweet and lighthearted, though I'm not sure I love how Adam originally viewed Eve, and why she never explained to him where babies come from. I just wish that this book was longer - we didn't get to hear nearly enough from Eve. I especially was looking forward to hearing the bits about the snake and the fall, as well as the babies being born from her perspective. The biggest drawback for me, though, was I didn't really feel God. One of the major aspects of the Bible story is God's relationship with Adam and Eve in the beginning, and that is completely absent from Twain's story.
Overall, I enjoyed reading it and laughed quite a bit, but it left me wanting more, both in content and spiritual depth.(less)
An interesting and innovative retelling of the Biblical story of Samson. I would have rated this higher, but I am not a fan of the "If I knew then wha...moreAn interesting and innovative retelling of the Biblical story of Samson. I would have rated this higher, but I am not a fan of the "If I knew then what I know now" style of flashback storytelling. It doesn't let you live in the moment and really experience a story. Also, I don't really feel like I got to know Samson as a person. I heard about his life, and his battles, and his women, but not enough about who he was or what he felt. I just wish there had been more substance. But it was definitely entertaining. :)(less)
A realistic and practical account of the Biblical story of the flood. When reading stories from the Bible, it is easy to gloss over the facts and not...moreA realistic and practical account of the Biblical story of the flood. When reading stories from the Bible, it is easy to gloss over the facts and not truly comprehend them. Maine brings it all into focus with this novel: these are real people, who somehow built a floating barn in the middle of the desert, collected animals from both north and south, and did it all without know why or how it would all happen. Characters from the Bible, some of which are not even named, are given shape and feelings and opinions, and we truly come to know them and care for them.
One thing that all of the characters wrestled with was why God sent the flood, and they never really come to a consensus. I like what Mirn says at the end though, when she says, "Did Papa say God reigns over everything or did he say God rains over everything and does it matter? Because I'm pretty sure it does. It seems like one of them says, God is in charge so watch you step. And the other says, God can take away everything but he'll give back everything too, so it's up to us what to make of the sun and rain and all the animals and whatever else we find." I think Mirn is right, and what he really meant was "God rains over everything." Mirn was my favorite character - so matter-of-fact, calm, simple, hard-working, and deceptively smart.
I'm looking forward to reading more of Maine's books.(less)