Mostly, when one thinks of novels, one thinks of long fictional narratives that focus on some particular aspect of human experience; romance, betrayal, defiance, oppression, to name a few. But with Justin Newland’s debut novel, “The Genes of Isis” the whole of the origins of the modern human is brought into focus through the literally overwhelming events of the biblical flood.
In the modern, scientific age, we have come to dismiss all earlier ideas of human origin in favour of a rather brutal and frankly boring narrative of cumulative accidents; an evolution that contains no plan or purpose save survival. But suppose that the stories and myths that remain from preceding generations and cultures, could be glued together – what would they show? What originally was the Ark? Why, at certain times in history, did different cultures build pyramids? Why are there these continuing ideas of good v. evil or this persistent notion that humans really are supposed to be better than animals? And what is this thing about Adam and Eve? Really?
Read “The Genes of Isis” – it may be a fiction, but within its central story of a young woman’s journey from initiate to priestess, from maiden to mother, it offers a fascinating new entry point to these ancient mysteries and questions.