And the Birds Rained Down

Kobo ebook | October 4, 2012

byJocelyne Saucier, Rhonda Mullins

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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.

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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 arriv...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 4, 2012Publisher:Coach House BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770563334

ISBN - 13:9781770563339

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely stunning One of the best books I have read in a long time. And I read a lot!
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lives lived 'after my own heart' !! I too was gripped by this book early on. The story is so unique, the setting is the only place it could have been, and the 'outsiders' thrown into the lives of the men, well it all worked out just fine. I'm sure many other readers can identify with the lives these people chose to live, away from the hustle and bustle, away from prying eyes, peace and quiet, and when the time came, not be confined to any nursing home. It was so lovely that Marie-Desneige got to live out her live with these gentlemen, and found love as well. And of course the reader is left wondering what the rest of her life will be like with Charlie. Really liked this book, so glad I heard about it on CBC.
Date published: 2015-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from And the Birds Rained Down While I felt the translation may have tarnished the original description, the plot developed nicely. The book touched my soul, giving me much to appreciate.
Date published: 2015-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from And The Birds Rained Down Great read! Fun, but also highly informative in terms of historical facts. Characters certainly came to life.
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from And the birds rained down I loved this book. It is beautifully written. I also learned more about the Great Fire,and realized I have been in every town that is mentioned in the book. When driving north to see relatives in Timmins and Iroquois Falls, and Ansonville, I have seenthePlaque mentioning the Great Fire. The story is just so easy to read it really should have won Canada Reads.
Date published: 2015-04-28
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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Comfortable Read I read this book because it's one of the final five for Canada Reads 2015. It felt a lot like I was reading a true story, with history woven in with fiction. Real events and familiar places help give the characters a depth not experienced in some novels.
Date published: 2015-01-23