The Character of Rain: A Novel Paperback – Apr 23 2003
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“Nothomb potently distills from the state of infancy the intensity of beginnings, the precariousness, the trailed clouds of glory...that grow indistinct as childhood approaches.” ―Richard Eder, The New York Times
“Witty and original. Perhaps the best yet from one of Europe's finest young writers.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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Praise for" The Character of Rain
"Nothomb potently distills from the state of infancy the intensity of beginnings, the precariousness, the trailed clouds of glory...that grow indistinct as childhood approaches."--Richard Eder, "The New York Times
"Witty and original. Perhaps the best yet from one of Europe's finest young writers."--"Kirkus Reviews
Praise for" Fear and Trembling
"Elegantly written, Nothomb demonstrates a shrewd understanding of the intricate ways Japanese relationships are made and spoiled."--"The New York Times Book Review
"Nothomb updates the age-old divide between East and West in this delectable little book."--"O Magazine
"Amelie Nothomb adds humor, the ingredient most often missing in other writers from France of her generation, the ingredient most difficult to translate.--"The Los Angeles Times
Top Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite books. No summary will do it justice.
I went back to the re-read the French edition (currently known in America as "the freedom edition") and found that the important chapter about the character of rain appears two thirds of the way through the book and it is NOT central. The discussion of tubes at the beginning and end of the book (as related to the godlike infant/narrator and to her pet koi) are the meat of the story.
This is a pet peeve of mine (or more correctly, a black beast [bete noire] of mine). Why the prejudgement among American publishers that their readers will react violently against philosophy? Thank god they didn't spot the Kierkegaardian echoes in her "Stupeur et Tremblements" or they would have found something different than "Fear and Trembling" for the American edition. It's not just here and with Scholastic's change of the Philospher's Stone to the Sorcerer's Stone either; there is a general dumbing down of titles when they cross the Atlantic.
This wonderful book deserves its real title.
This unusual autobiographical tale first is told in the third person until the pivotal moment in history, the infamous chocolate incident, when the plot is written as a first person narrative. Not everyone will want to read this metaphysical story, but those who do will find a clever, witty, and intelligent tale that even makes the earliest of days come across realistically. Except for the title, fans will appreciate Amelie Nothomb's work that does not miss a beat in the translation from the original French MÉTAPHYSIQUE DES TUBES.
It is a wonderful book.............the story is quite amazing, with an even more amazing ending......I read it in 2 hours, couldn't stop myself from turning page after page.
I have read all the books written by A. Nothomb, and in my opinion, this is her masterpiece!