Monday, April 6

Book Review: And the Birds Rained Down

Title: And the Birds Rained Down

Author: Jocelyne Saucier

Pages: 139 (Ebook)

Summary: Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves. But one summer two women arrive. One is a young photographer documenting a a series of catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century; she’s on the trail of the recently deceased Ted Boychuck, a survivor of the blaze. And then the elderly aunt of the one of the pot growers appears, fleeing one of the psychiatric institutions that have been her home since she was sixteen. She joins the men in the woods and begins a new life as Marie-Desneige. With the photographer’s help, they find Ted’s series of paintings about the fire, and begin to decipher the dead man’s history.

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The writing was beautiful and at times the story was compelling and emotional, overall it was an enjoyable read.

The writing, storytelling was what initially pulled me into the book. It had such wonderful style and pace, it made for a great reading experience, and I think the author told the story of the characters beautifully. Especially Ted and his paintings. I think his aspect in the story is what I enjoyed the most - and I really wish I could have learned more.

The novel is a short one, but despite that, there was a lot to the book - a lot of elements to explore and rather enjoyable ending. I think the author managed that well, while it wasn't my favourite part of the book, it was still worthy ending for the book.

One of the aspects I didn't like was the pot growing. It didn't fit with the rest of the flow and themes of the story, it stuck out and it felt awkward. It didn't work for me and I couldn't figure out, why it was necessary for it to be there, while it did bring some of the characters into the book, it just didn't feel right compared to the rest of the story.

Would I recommend it to read: Hmm, the writing was lovely, the story was mostly good, so I'd say yes. It's not for everyone, but a lot of readers would appreciate the book.

What to read next: The Stone Angel, The Underpainter, and you could also try the other Canada Reads 2015 contenders.

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge, Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this novel too. It's one that makes me glad to still follow Canada Reads, because I hadn't added it to my TBR previously, and I wouldn't have wanted to miss out. To my mind, the pot growing is included to remark upon the fact that people can make the choice to live according to a less traditional set of rules at any age and for a variety of reasons, suggesting a different kind of community. Guess you would have chosen a corner of the wilderness further away? *grin*