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by R.E. Klein

eBook The History Of Our World Beyond The Wave: A Fantasy download ISBN: 0151004110
Author: R.E. Klein
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (October 31, 1998)
Language: English
Pages: 224
ePub: 1101 kb
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Rating: 4.9
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Category: Literature
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Klein creates a world that is strange beyond our imagination yet familiar to the heart, a world where things may not . Throwing in elements of philosophy, religion and fantasy, Klein keeps the reader unsure of the environment in which Paul finds himself.

Klein creates a world that is strange beyond our imagination yet familiar to the heart, a world where things may not be real, but they are true. In the History of Our World Beyond the Wave, Klein imagines a world washed clean of materialism, cynicism, of the emptiness of modern life, a world where the metaphysical and the magical are again possible. Who can he trust and what sort of society can emerge when you have to begin from scratch.

After a giant tidal wave destroys our civilization, survivors attempt to. .The events are seen through the eyes of Paul Sant of California who was surfing when the wave struck.

After a giant tidal wave destroys our civilization, survivors attempt to build a better one, only to find old problems resurfacing  .

We live to build our souls up to be good enough for God. More beer?

The History of Our World Beyond the Wave by . The History of Our World Beyond the Wave Quotes Showing 1-1 of 1. What I am saying,' 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

For lovers of both science fiction and fantasy, I highly recommend this book. I sat down to read it and couldn't put it down

For lovers of both science fiction and fantasy, I highly recommend this book. I sat down to read it and couldn't put it down. It provokes a lot of thought, and made me consider a lot of "what if's.

Together, let's build an Open Library for the World. August 12, 2011 History. The history of our world beyond the wave. Published 1998 by Harcourt Brace & Company in New York.

English literature majors will have a field day with this small, elegant book-references aplenty to tease out of the text.

Klein's modern moral fable begins with catastrophe: a massive wave engulfs Earth, washing away civilization and leaving only a few isolated mountaintops exposed for survivors to cling to. Just as the biblical flood was no ordinary disaster, so this wave is fraught with metaphysical meaning. Hear me, that precious wave of ours has scoured the planet clean to the lithosphere, rinsing away all the drift and drabble and nasty little headachy things that drive men mad. No more income tax, inflation, and nagging uncertainties. English literature majors will have a field day with this small, elegant book-references aplenty to tease out of the text.

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 ominous yelloe Volkswagon-R. Klein creates a world that is strange beyond our imagination yet familiar to the heart, a world where things may not be real, but they are true.

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Imagine a world without taxes, without social or political obligations, and where surviving suddenly becomes our main task (Klein) says .

The History of our World Beyond the Wave. 2009 – The History of the Hobbit by John D. Rateliff, Part One: Mr. Baggins; Part Two: Return to Bag-end. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Patricia A. McKillip. 2010 – Tolkien, Race, and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits by Dimitra Fimi. 2011 – Planet Narnia by Michael Ward. 2012 – Tolkien and Wales by Carl Phelpstead.

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 ominous yelloe Volkswagon-R.E. Klein creates a world that is strange beyond our imagination yet familiar to the heart, a world where things may not be real, but they are true. In the History of Our World Beyond the Wave, Klein imagines a world washed clean of materialism, cynicism, of the emptiness of modern life, a world where the metaphysical and the magical are again possible.
Comments: (7)
Survivors
THE HISTORY OF OUR WORLD BEYOND THE WAVE was a Mythopoeic Fantasy Award nominee in 1998, as was James Stoddard's excellent and highly recommended THE HIGH HOUSE and Neil Gaiman's STARDUST (which was the year's award winner). In setting and a bit in narrative and tone, this novel by R. E. Klein resonates with the works of William Hope Hodgson as well as John Bunyan, George MacDonald, C. S. Lewis, and David Lindsay. HISTORY is a Christian allegorical post-apocalyptic novel of tragedy, struggle, discovery, and hope. There is a bit of Elwin Ransom, the lead character of C. S. Lewis's Space Trilogy [OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET, PERELANDRA< and THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH) in HISTORY's protagonist Paul Sant. While the story entertains in its imaginative depiction of the post-apocalyptic "World Beyond the Wave," the editor in me found the repetition of sentences beginning with "I" in the opening chapters a bit clanky, and the Jewish reader in me found the Christian allegorical and prophetic self-fulfillment elements a bit heavy-gauntleted at times. Admittedly, one who looks for calumny may misperceive its presence, but the personification of evil as the squint-eyed, sly-tongued, Law-insistent, Shylock-like antagonist "Saul" in contrast to the Christ-echo of the story's sorely tested goodness-loving self-sacrificing protagonist "Paul Sant" made me wince just a little. Overall, HISTORY is an inventive apocalypse tale rich in its landscape and allegory--or symbolism, as Klein insists in a lovely passage on pages 118-119. As a logophile, I thrilled at his inclusion of roué, adumbration, yare, fossick, and hamartia. :)
Use_Death
I checked this book out at the library about 10 years ago and I fell in love with it. I wrote the title and author down and was always looking in walk in book stores, none ever had it. I decided to look on Amazon and there it was. I bought it immediately and have read it 3 times since I bought it. It's a fantastic end of the world type fantasy book, but it offers hope of starting over. This is one of my favorite themes to read. This book could probably be labeled as my all time favorite book. I really wish that the author would write a sequel continuing with the characters and their new lives.
Nayatol
One of my favorite books. I'm not sure where I even found the book originally, but I will ALWAYS throw this book out as one of my favorites.

The story is dark and twisted, sinister, but very real at limes - like a nightmare you can't wake up from.
Goldfury
For lovers of both science fiction and fantasy, I highly recommend this book. I sat down to read it and couldn't put it down. It provokes a lot of thought, and made me consider a lot of "what if's." It's drama, humor and symbolism draw together a great narrative, with interesting characters (both human and otherwise). Get it, read it, enjoy!
Zorve
Most fantasies follow fairly strict conventions: They tend to either adopt or adapt one of the existing congeries of folklore such as Camelot, Middle Earth, the Brothers Grimm, Star Trek, and so on. There are very few free-form practitioners of the art who take you down entirely different paths "where no man has gone before." Off hand, I can think of only three: the late John Cowper Powys, Olaf Stapledon, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Reading THE HISTORY, I felt I was in the world of Poe's NARRATIVE OF A. GORDON PYM: There was a sense that anything could happen. The giant wave that inundates the world not only destroys but seems to modify the nature of reality. Solid land could suddenly turn squishy. Strange monsters from the sea, called Gugs, prey on man. A lemur becomes a man and creates a disfunctional anti-human society. Ships without sails or oars sail against the current, because that is where "they" want to go. Then there is the matter of the horror in the yellow Volkswagen.
Klein is obviously a bibliophile. The only things that stem the irreality are -- books! When the narrator, Paul Sant, stumbles upon a library, the tide begins to turn against the squishiness. In the first part of history, the one tower of sanity is Hiram Bell, who holds tight onto one book, Stoddard's STEAM ENGINES, and manages to create an island of reality.
As I finished the last pages of this book, I can only express the hope that Klein continues writing. He is a real original, and he has something to say that needs saying in our present world of increasing squishiness.
Phalaken
I read this book for a school assignment and found it extremely easy to read and entertaining. The author has a fantastic imagination and the story gets very interesting specially beyond the second half of the book. Mr. Klein has a clean style and gracefully tells the story of Paul Sant with a beautiful depiction of images and an appealing choice of scenery. I enjoyed it. The book has been nominated for a few fantasy awards.
I was pleased by the outcome.
It's altruistic and exhilarating.
Recommended.
Marilore
While this is a survivor's comical & allegorical adventure after a tidal wave wipes this world clean, Noah revisited it is not! I didn't much like Paul Sant; felt he kept everything at a distance. As I read my heart clanged like a San Francisco cable car. What a read! Lulled into a cranky, everyday boredom, you grumble along on an ordinary day at the beach in California until, with surprisingly ordinary & immediately evocative words, a wave the size of the sky, inundates all. And so the odyssey begins; through wondrous weather, Wonderland-like creatures and redemptive encounters. A curious, unique tale. Worth the read. Destined to become a classic.