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The Waterproof Bible

The Waterproof Bible [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Kaufman
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“A quirky, tender, fantastical page-turner that makes even the most torrential of feelings––despair, doubt and desperation––feel good. . . . The Waterproof Bible is a witty, poignant stroke of beauty that deftly explores deluges of desire and need, fear and faith. The Kaufman current is powerful.”
— Lisa Foad, The Globe and Mail
“Kaufman is in total control of his universe. He doesn’t put quotation marks on either the realistic or fantastic, and the transition between the two states is always smooth.”
— Brian Joseph David, EYE WEEKLY
“There are very few Canadian authors, other than Sheila Heti, Yann Martel and occasionally Atwood, willing to submerge that deeply into magic. . . . His prose is so refreshingly heartfelt and natural that he makes it easy to believe.”
— The Coast (Halifax)
“Elegantly written literary novel, packed with plot. . . . The great pleasure is in the story and its permutations. . . . How it plays out, as opposed to what it may finally mean, is Kaufman’s chief achievement, as [is] his fluid technique in crosscutting the strands of the novel into its many resolutions. . . . Bizarre as the story grows, it never unravels, or becomes inconsistent. All goes, well, swimmingly.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
“Those who enjoyed All My Friends Are Superheroes . . . should be similarly taken with his sophomore effort, The Waterproof Bible, which retains the romance, humour and inventive allegory of the earlier book.”
— Quill & Quire


Rebecca has a most unusual problem: no matter how hard she tries, she can't stop broadcasting her feelings to people around her. Luckily, she's discovered how to trap and store her feelings in personal objects -- but just how much emotional baggage can Unit 207, E.Z. Self Storage hold? Lewis is grieving for his wife, Lisa, Rebecca's sister. Inconsolable, he skips Lisa's funeral, flies to Winnipeg, gets a haircut and meets a woman who claims to be God. At the wheel of a stolen Honda Civic is Aberystwyth, aka Aby, driving across Canada to save the soul of her dying mother. She is green, gill-necked, and very uncomfortable out of the water. An unexpected encounter with Aby sets off a chain of events which sends each of them on a personal quest. Can Rebecca, Lewis and Aby find redemption before a terrible flood destroys their chance at happiness? "A quirky, tender, fantastical page-turner" The Globe and Mail


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 346 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 250 Seiten
  • Verlag: Telegram Books (12. August 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00796LICC
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen read it in one go 8. August 2013
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witty, funny and something different.

bought it more accidentially but really enjoyed it. one of the better reads of this year.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Lustige Geschichte 27. Februar 2013
Von fubalu
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Lustige Geschichte, die immer wieder neue Wendungen nimmt. Gutes Buch wenn man sonst grad nichts zu tun hat... es kommen Menschen vor die sohwohl im Wasser, als auch an Land leben können :-)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not my cup of tea, but he's a great writer 28. Januar 2013
Von Lauren S. - Veröffentlicht auf
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I began this book by really enjoying Rebecca's story, including her unusual emotional quirks - then things got weird. Really weird.


Some sort of human-fish hybrid race is living in Earth's waters, and other than that I really can't tell you too much about the plot because it was weird. The "Aquatics", and that entire story line, seemed really out of place to me. I felt I was ready two entirely different books throughout the novel, and although the author did have the various plot lines intersect, it felt forced, odd, and clunky at times. I would have much preferred this book to focus on Rebecca, her friends and family, and left the Aquatics completely out of it. There was so much going on, and so many characters, I was left with a lot of questions about the various characters. I felt they were quite one-dimensional, and because the story was jumping all over the place every few pages, you never really got to know them as well as you wanted to.

I gave this one 3 stars, as I did enjoy the first bit, and certain story lines - plus, the author is a great, and descriptive, writer - but as a whole, the novel kind of sucked.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Lewis- "Why do bad things happen to good people?" God- "Because it makes a good story" 18. Dezember 2011
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Andrew Kaufman has succeeded in creating a literary classic with this one. Magic realism at its very best, The Waterproof Bible is a quirky, whimsical story dealing with the oddest mix of characters you will ever read about, who all intersect each others' lives in one way or another over the course of a few days.

You have Rebecca, an extraordinarily ordinary woman who involuntarily broadcasts her emotions onto others. When she's happy, everyone can feel her happiness, when she's sad, everyone can feel her sadness, and when she's scared, everyone can feel her fear - however, she's found a way to trap and store her emotions in personal objects and storing them at Unit 207, E.Z. Self-Storage, which left her capable of lying to people about her real feelings and hiding them from everyone, including those who actually cared. An incident with a tap left on flooded some of her boxes (premonition of the larger flood that will occur later in the book?), forcing her to throw them out and with them her emotional attachment to the people concerned with these objects.

There's Lewis, Rebecca's brother-in-law, who has just lost his wife and decided to flee the city rather than cope with the situation, but ended up meeting a woman who claims to be God.

Then there's Aby, a frog humanoid who left the water in search of her estranged mother on dry land. One important fact about Aby is that she's an Aquatic - Aquatics are those who believe and follow the Aquaticism religion - (don't worry, Kaufman goes into great depth explaining the basics of the religion to us). There's also Margaret, Aby's mother and she owns (sort of) a hotel and does not want to go back to Aquaticism.

Finally, there's Stewart, Rebecca's husband, who left her three years prior and is now building a boat while he waits for his wife to make the final call.

Each one of these characters have one thing in common - they are all waiting for that one moment when lightning strikes, so their feeling of loss diminishes. Rebecca loses her emotions when her sister dies, Lewis loses his senses when his wife dies, Stewart loses his wife as their relationship dies, Margaret loses her family and home as her religion dies, and Aby loses her mother as her beliefs die. In one intersecting moment, they all meet and miracles happen.

This book, or shall I say 'bible', is full of visuals, metaphors, allegory and all other forms of imagery. It is satiric, yet biblical - at the same time it is a love story that is cliché-free. From floods, to moments of enlightenment, to a meeting with God, to blindness, to thunderstorms and saving lives, this book will take you on an exciting journey of self-discovery and awakening. You will be left bewildered by the end of it, with so much happening but very little explanation to any of it. Yet, that's the beauty of this novel, the unexplainable is what makes it so fascinating.

Call it a case study on the search for the true meaning of life, a serious discussion of God, faith, and religion, a light comic romp, or a love story. Whatever it is, it will get to you. It will make you question life, connect with these characters at some level and take a deeper look within yourself. But it will also make you sit with a smile on your face while you read it, chuckling at all the funny bits as you appreciate Kaufman's originality and wit.

My favourite line in the book was: "The only difference between a happy ending and a sad ending is where you decide the story ends."

So Kaufman writes, and so we should all believe.
4.0 von 5 Sternen I like it alot 1. Juli 2014
Von Georgina Sands - Veröffentlicht auf
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As this book introduced me to the concept of River Season, I like it alot. Because I had read Being Weird, which felt more "finished" than this book I will give it 4 rather than 5 stars, which I might have had I read them in the reverse order. Nicely woven with several crossing and interweaving plots it is a good read.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Not Kaufman's Best 9. April 2014
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This story was darker and more convoluted than either of the other two books of Kaufman's that I've read. This story jumps around telling bits and pieces of several arcs which had always been one of my least favorite story telling styles. Just as I get invested in one part of the story we switch to a new viewpoint, lather, rinse, repeat. There was also the attempt to create a language and a religion both of which felt... rushed. I read and liked the book but had I started with this one I probably would have passed on any of Kaufman's other writings which would hqve bee a shame as 'All My Friends are Superheros' and 'Born Weird' were both very good... and better than this book.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Different and fantastic to start 25. Januar 2013
Von Michela Pasquali - Veröffentlicht auf
A weird story about a woman who can transfer her feelings to people or objects around her, her dead sister, pop-star brother-in-law and a frog woman - and their travels across Atlantic Canada, Toronto and Winnipeg in a search for truth and redemption. It was different and fantastic to start, but then got a little boring by the time we got to Winnipeg (sorry for the pun). Also started to get a little crazy at the same time, but rather than make the story more engaging, the craziness got kind of mundane, if that makes sense. Just more of the same piled on top of the rest. I think the book would have appealed to me more if it was shorter and if the crazy level was kept to a minimum. I much preferred All My Friends Are Superheroes, maybe for that reason.
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