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Not the End of the World

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The end of the world is a busy time if you mean to outlive it.

So says Timna—sole daughter of Noah—as she and her family prepare to face the flood that will cleanse the Earth. But during the forty days and nights before the waters recede, the inhabitants of the Ark experience more than just a simple boat ride.

As events take a terrifying turn, and as lines between right and
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by HarperTeen (first published October 7th 2004)
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Simpatična knjižica o jednom malo drugačijem viđenju biblijske priče o Noju i velikom potopu. Sagledana iz više uglova (uključujući i neke od životinja), ali najviše iz ugla Nojeve ćerke, ova priča nudi blagu blasfemiju, ali pre svega kontemplaciju na večito pitanje dobra i zla. Ovo je pre svega knjiga za decu (dobitnik je Vitbredove prestižne nagrade za dečju književnost) i samim tim autorka nije ni previše moralisala niti išla u neku žešću blasfemiju ili tome slično. Da sam tinejdžer verovatno ...more
May 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
A retelling of the Biblical story of Noah. Mostly told by Timna, an unmentioned daughter, but other characters get a chapter or two--even some of the animals. Think of Noah more as deluded cult leader than prophet and you'll be about on the same wave length as this book. The family, who start out at least somewhat united and normal relationship-wise, become more and more dsyfunctional as the story progresses. The longer everyone is on the ark, the more unhealthy they all get, animals included, u ...more
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens/grownups
A very well-written tale, telling what is probably a more accurate account of the dilemmas faced by Noah and his family than many story-books and 'bible stories for children' books do. The writer chose to tell the story using different points of view, primarily Timna, the daughter of Noah whose name has supposedly been overlooked in the Biblical account as 'a daughter is not the same blessing as a son.' My only niggle is the fact that the book did actually contradict the bible, instead of just s ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing

What a lovely story! This is a book written for children but with so many layers to it that anyone can enjoy it as their own level. In fact, it is a classic example of how to do it well.
The plot line—animals two by two, ark, flood, Noah’s sons repopulating the earth—we all know it. This retelling brings us the nitty-gritty of life on the ark in a sensitive, realistic way. McCaughrean sets out complex ideas and emotions in a simple, no nonsense way.
Although many voices, including some of the ani
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 14-16 years
An interesting perspective on the experiences of Noah and his family, but I didn't really like it. It was well-thought out and as realistic as possible, but it just didn't sit well. It seemed to end with the message that "every man of God is crazy and deluded, and the only way to survive is to sneak behind their backs".
Mar 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
First of all this book doesn't stay true to the biblical telling with the exception of main events and main character names. If you are a biblical stickler steer clear.

The characters were flat and without much build-up. And in many cases the author ended up in forming the main male characters as disillusioned and insane cruel brutes. The females were just as badly portrayed as trivial, two-faced and selfish. I can understand sticking with the type of societal/cultural responses for realism but
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
The water boiled with people. They were swimming, or clutching hold of logs, doors, cartwheels. Animals, too, were swimming among them--dogs and horses, cattle, goats. The sky was full of displaced birds, circling, circling, with nowhere to land.

If some of the interpretations of the Mayan calendar were right about December 21 [or 23?] 2012 being the end of the world, I just hope it will not be this tragic. NOT the end of the of the WORLD is actually a childrens lit. A re-telling of the story of
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, a fantastic take on the Noah's Ark story.
Sandra Dutton
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A very insightful and entertaining story of Noah's Ark through the eyes of Noah's daughter (never mentioned in the Bible, of course).
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro que narra otra versión de lo que sucedió en el arca de Noé.
Muy interesante.
Nichola Grimshaw
I couldn’t quite decide which of my ‘shelves’ to put this book on... it’s gone into ‘KS2’ and ‘journeys’ but doesn’t quite fit into ‘family’ - the family relationships in this fairly dark exploration of life on (in?) Noah’s ark are mostly horrible...

McCaughrean looks directly at the horror of The Flood - the fact that all the people caught by the initial massive tidal wave didn’t just die instantly and vanish, they struggled and fought and begged for help when they encountered the ark. Noah and
Geoff Lynas
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a retelling of the popular biblical story of Noah and the Flood. It is gripping, gruesome and challenging as it tries to interpret the story with a modern eye to the realism of the events described.

There are filth and squalor in the hold of the Ark, where animals, as well as humans, struggle to survive. Above Noah and his family deal with the trauma of watching their fellow human beings drowning before their eyes. Shem and Ham both actively participate by pushing stragglers overboard. A
Sara G
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, teen
This book left quite an impression the first time I read it and I have had to actively stop myself from buying a copy of it every time I see it sold.

It has solid reread potential, however, it's not exactly the kind of book where it matters if you know the basic story beforehand. In fact, I feel like knowing the (at the very least) bare bones of the story before you start reading adds immensely to the general enjoyment you might get from it. I am not equipped to judge because I do not possess th
Karen Shilvock-Cinefro
Really wanted to like this book, but I was very disappointed. Written in little chunks of short so called chapters and questionable grammatical qualities. Amazing what writing wins awards in children’s books.
The basic idea of the book is intriguing; Noah having a daughter, which could fictionally be possible as women weren’t usually accounted for especially in the Old Testament but that is where most of the possibility ends.
This book appears to try to be a juvenile version of the Hollywood Noa
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: biblical-fiction
It is always interesting to me, to read fictional stories surrounding Biblical accounts. In this story Noah has a daughter, brothers Shem and Ham kidnap a neighbor girl to be the wife of Japheth, who is only a boy at the time of the flood. The ark is a smelly, dangerous, and uncomfortable place. What happens when a stowaway is discovered on the ark?
May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book would be an interesting take on what happened inside the Ark and what occurred to Noahs family during the time of the great flood. It definitely provided an odd look as to what might have happened but I found myself not as interested as I had originally thought I would be.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
It is heart not the act that makes us closer to GOD.
Kelsey Ice
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book follows the story of Noah's Ark. But it is mostly from the view of Timna, a daughter of Noah. The story begins with the rains, and soon the earth floods. But not everyone drowns right away, and her brothers spend their time pushing survivors away tfromhe ship. This really bothers Timna and her younger brother, Japheth, to see. Before they leave the family kidnaps Zilla to be a wife to 12-year-old Japheth, and neither of them are happy about it. So, when they find a young boy and his in ...more
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Apparently, the Bible left out loads of detail from the story of Noah. Not the End of the World is not only well written; frankly it was hard to put down. The characters are classic yet each character is given the spotlight. Before reading this book, I did not see the classic story from any character’s perspective or really what the characters were like individually. Above all, I liked the inclusion of the animals in the story. Animals like minks and quexolans, are they from the same place as He ...more
Tranna Foley
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hickman
From Follett, "Noah's daughter, daughters-in-law, sons, wife, and the animals describe what it was like to be aboard the ark while they watched everyone around them drown."

Very interesting! Tells what it might have really been like on the Ark...definitely not a very pleasant experience!

Review from Booklist:
Gr. 7-10. Using diverse voices from the ark, McCaughrean offers a story of the voyage that is brutal, physically and mentally, even as some aboard find their humanity. This is not the familiar
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
This fabulous semi-fantasy, semi-historical novel is a postcolonial, postmodern retelling of the story of Noah and the Flood from the Bible. The story is told largely from the point of view of Timna, Noah's thirteen-year-old daughter, who doesn't question her father's patriarchal religious authority most of the time, until she starts to wonder if letting all their neighbors drown can really be God's will. While the novel is mostly from Timna's viewpoint, the novel also expresses the animals' vie ...more
Libby Ames
Apr 13, 2009 rated it liked it
I have very mixed feelings about this book. It is beautifully written and thought provoking, but I am not entirely comfortable with it. McCaughrean presents an interesting and very realistic picture of what Noah and his family might have experienced on their ark. Told mostly through the eyes of a daughter of Noah, the story reveals all the psychological and sociological struggles as well as the natural struggles that come from living on a boat filled with animals and people who don't naturally g ...more
Gail Gauthier
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Whatever made me (or anyone else) think the story of the destruction of mankind was a fun tale for the kiddies?

In McCaughrean's take on Noah, Timna, his daughter, who knows she doesn't matter and won't be remembered (explaining why she isn't mentioned in the Old Testament), tells the first-person story of the days preceding and following The Wave. Their neighbors thought Noah and his sons were mad for building that giant boat until the water came. Then they begged to be saved--and were rebuffed
Rain Misoa
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Rain by: Picked up
Okay... I had a lot of issues with this book. It wasn't a bad book but neither was it the best I've ever read. I didn't like some of the messages contained in the book then again... I never really do when it comes to religion type books such as these. I was trying to look at it from a out source type of person but... I couldn't.

The characters... well... they all annoyed me. All except Japheth and Zillah. Everyone else... yeah. They got under my skin. But I guess that was just their personalities
May 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grownupbooks
Like many young children, I grew up with the story of Noah and the Ark by heart...the flood, the fuzzy cuddly animals living two by two in the huge expanse of the Ark, the dove and the rainbow and the happily ever after. But what if it wasn't like that? What if Noah had a daughter who didn't necessarily agree with her father's actions?

Most of this book is told by Timna, Noah's daughter, who is quietly cynical about knowing her place in the family ("A daughter is not the same blessing as a son,
Zen Cho
Nov 11, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myffic, kidslit
Noah's ark, from the point of view of the women and children.

I liked this: McCaughrean is a very good writer, and her prose makes quite enjoyable reading, if a bit overdone in parts for me. But I kept getting knocked out of the narrative by things like a man in a lime-green coat -- did they have lime-green coats back in those days? Did they wear coats? How did they get them lime-green?

It is probably silly of me to worry about these details when it's a story about all the animals going two-by-two
JwW White
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
Bible thumpers beware: this is not the book for you. If you rely on faith more than reason and if you believe in the literal truth of the Bible more than the latter as parables, you will not like this book. I, on the other hand, loved it. It is a very smart take on the Noah story but also much more. It seeks to make one question anyone calling themselves a prophet who speaks for or claims to know the intentions of a god. It critiques blind faith and even more those who become radicalized in it. ...more
Timna is the teenage daughter of Noah, and she's afloat in the Ark with her parents, brothers, sisters-in-law and a large number of smelly, dirty, noisy and often predatory animals. Noah has heard the voice of God telling him to build the Ark for his own family only, so the sinning neighbours must be driven away from the sides and left to drown.

But Timna finds she can't live with that, and when she has the chance to save a little boy and his baby sister she takes the risk, even though she half-b
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Life must have been tough on a boat of 500 X 30 cubits carrying Noah's family and two of every species. The author mentions the smell, noise and dung and goes light on the how the people and animals were fed, how the lions and other predators were caged and the host of sanitation issues. She focuses, instead, on Noah's family dynamics.

Noah is a self-righteous patriarch, rivaled in his sense of entitlement by his son, Shem. Noah tells the family that the whole world is wicked and they have been c
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Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London. She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

Her adult novels include Fires’ Astonishment (1990) and The Ideal Wife (1997), but she is bes
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