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This Is A Critical Response To Timothy Findley's "Not Wanted On The Voyage".

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Finishing the book a week ago, I think I still need to give it some time to sink in. This novel, by Timothy Findley, is a VERY dark version of the biblical Noah story. The characters have now been roundly completed, and are vividly drawn and universally flawed, in a typical Findley-esque fashion. Unpredictably, the story comes to a surprizingly bleak conclusion. I think I will appreciate this book more as I have time to think back on it...
After reading the pages 287 until the end of the book, I can finally say that I am glad to be finished reading this novel and wrapping up my series of journal responses. Being a youth, and knowing that people are fascinated by magical and mystical things, the biblical account of the 'first end of the earth' was written unbelievably insightful by the author. Some of the expressions and actions in the novel have left me awestruck. Timothy Findley has not held back in expressing excessive elements in his confrontation of the ignorance and subsequent treachery involved in faith: placing a scientific and/or religious dichotomy in the fabled time and setting is particulary touching.
Much of the story is truely disturbing, engulfed in stenches and darknesses of different kinds, especially when the two levels of distinction are established on the ark. Noah's actions themselves are not so disturbing (except for the scene with Emma and the Unicorn horn), but his all-together set of beliefs - his heartfelt and sacrimonial conviction - that his actions are justified by "God". His "God", his 'friend', and his offered of impunity. I am quite content that Noah has finally realized that Yaweh has perished, and is not returning to help him through the tough times: "And [Yaweh] to return to us... from His great sleep, Noah thought. Or from His great journey...or from his great sojourn in the land of Nod." "no - no - no - not dead. Do not be ...dead." (Findley 293). I'm honestly astonished that is took him this long to realize his dis-connection from God, but I'm glad that it finally hit him in the head; hit him hard. No longer with any endorsement, Noah has lost his sense of direction, and I believe that he no longer entirely trusts in what he 'should' be believing. Noah has failed to recognize his family, and the true values of existence, therefore demonstrating the aspect of not caring for those whom he should care about the most. Upon stating "Who are these people? Another boarding party?", Noah does not even distinguish and acknowledge the presence of his own family members since he has imprisoned them to the lower decks (Findley 304).
The excursion of the demons captures a great significance of the finishing chapter. With such a "Mission Impossible"-esque kind of fashion, the ten-or-so pages of description are simply preposterous. As Findley creates the impression and need for Mrs Noyes and her lower-class-clan to emerge from the lower level, the mission of survival is placed upon their shoulders: stage...

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