And the Birds Rained Down

by Jocelyne Saucier, Rhonda Mullins

Coach House Books | October 4, 2012 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

And the Birds Rained Down is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
Deep in a Northern Ontario forest live Tom and Charlie, two octogenarians determined to live out the rest of their lives on their own terms: free of all ties and responsibilities, their only connection to civilization two pot farmers who bring them whatever they can't eke out for themselves. But their solitude is disrupted by the arrival of two women. The first is a photographer searching for survivors of a series of catastrophic fires nearly a century earlier; the second is an elderly escapee from a psychiatric institution. The little hideaway in the woods will never be the same. Originally published in French, And the Birds Rained Down, the recipient of several prestigious prizes, including the Prix de Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, is a haunting meditation on aging and self-determination.

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Published: October 4, 2012

Publisher: Coach House Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770563334

ISBN - 13: 9781770563339

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time Well Spent I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have recommended this book to a number of people.
Date published: 2015-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally gripping ‘And the Birds Rained Down’ is an emotional novel of people, particularly ones advanced in age, interacting with each other during good times and bad. The characters are well-defined and memorable. The history of the locale is deftly woven into the rich tapestry of the story. Author Jocelyne Saucier richly deserves the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie for this meditation on aging and self-determination.
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Special piece of Canadian Literature Bought this for CBC Canada Reads and so glad I did. Already passed on to a friend to read. Perhaps not the most eloquent of writers, and that could be due in part to translation, but ultimately the plot reigns over any minor imperfections. Quick easy read.
Date published: 2015-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written! I knew within 3 pages that I was going to love this this book. An amazing read!
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Be rejuvenated by the characters' strength and the eternal beauty of the North A quiet and unflinching look at the freedom of living on one's own terms, "And the Birds Rained Down" has plenty of wisdom to offer readers. Besides having a peculiar plot that is as mysterious as it is romantic, it also reads quite like a stage play with a third-person narrator introducing each unique character-centered or topical chapter. The story feels generations and lands apart from where I am at this point in life, and so there was discordance with what I wanted to take away from it to what I have actually gained. Still, in the best of sense, I did find the small pains and pleasures of "And the Birds Rained Down", I do feel a little older and wiser from having experienced and been affected by it, and I do appreciate the novel for what it is. It's such a Canadian novel, from its setting to its content, and that distinctive atmospheric flair that CanLit is recognized for. There is elegance in the capture of love and loss in its prose. "A smile for death is the final courtesy" - it's a contemplative, somber book; small in its size but packs full punches and will weigh heavily on you. In a way, "And the Birds Rained Down" is so much more than just a book about aging and death. It's about rejuvenation from having lived a life amongst the eternal beauty of the wilderness of the North. And what a spectacular way that is to live.
Date published: 2015-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book. This was an amazing book. Loved the way the author portrayed the different view points. Easy read...but I savoured every minute. Life in the North could not have been better described...fun, sad and educational.
Date published: 2015-01-27

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And the Birds Rained Down

by Jocelyne Saucier, Rhonda Mullins

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 4, 2012

Publisher: Coach House Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770563334

ISBN - 13: 9781770563339

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Deep in a Northern Ontario forest live Tom and Charlie, two octogenarians determined to live out the rest of their lives on their own terms: free of all ties and responsibilities, their only connection to civilization two pot farmers who bring them whatever they can't eke out for themselves. But their solitude is disrupted by the arrival of two women. The first is a photographer searching for survivors of a series of catastrophic fires nearly a century earlier; the second is an elderly escapee from a psychiatric institution. The little hideaway in the woods will never be the same. Originally published in French, And the Birds Rained Down, the recipient of several prestigious prizes, including the Prix de Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, is a haunting meditation on aging and self-determination.