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And the Birds Rained Down

Written by: Jocelyne Saucier,Rhonda Mullins - translator
Narrated by: Ann Noble,Kathleen Gati,Kimberly Farr,Bo Foxworth,Robertson Dean
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Tom and Charlie are living out what's left of their lives on their own terms in a remote forest, two pot growers their only connection to the outside world. But then two women arrive - a photographer on the trail of survivors of a decades-ago forest fire and an elderly escapee from a psychiatric institution - and everything changes.

And the Birds Rained Down, the recipient of several prizes, is a haunting meditation on aging and self-determination.

Please note: The French version came before the English translation.

©2011 Jocelyne Saucier, © 2012 Rhonda Mullins, English Translation. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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A thing of beauty

The author John Gardner famously declared that there are only two plots in all of literature: someone goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town. In this quiet novel, two strangers, through different circumstances, arrive in the reclusive wilderness camp of three old men who have turned their back on the world. The story that ensues is one of broken people, love, and healing.

Originally written in French by Jocelyne Saucier and translated by Rhonda Mullins, the writing (and the English translation) is a thing of beauty. The tone is gentle and pulls the reader into the story. One of the men is a survivor of the great Matheson fire of 1916 and, as the plot unfolds in the present (the setting is actually mid-nineties), more and more details of his past are unearthed.

This book is a short one and definitely worth the effort. #Audible1

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Rich and evocative

This was a beautiful story. The writing is eloquent and the variation captivating. I loved it!

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Unique tale that strikes a cord

I loved this story, or should I say these stories within stories. Very unique and well written. The narrators were wonderful as well.

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Powerful images

A poignant and tender story, written beautifully, especially as it is a translation. Had me on the edge of tears at some points. I only wish the narrators could have agreed on the pronunciation of the main character's name. ... I guessed Desneiges rather than D'unage

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  • Patricia Filteau
  • 2015-03-23

Magical and raw, compassionate and compelling

This narrator illuminated Jocelyne Saucier's exquisite tale about individuals who have the courage to make their own choices on how to live and die. An important story, pulling on the threads that comprise the fabric of the Canadian experience. It explores the healing strength of living simply close to wilderness to iced by love. This is a novel that pushes against barriers and gently sets them aside to embrace a satisfying way of life. The tale is told in sparse, precise yet poetically beautiful prose.

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  • Cedric R. Ross
  • 2022-07-01

Not for someone like me?

I started to think that this book was not for someone like me and that I would not like it very much. Eventually the characters came to life and the way that I had not anticipated.

I am grateful to have experienced this transformation in my own thinking.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-06-28

Slow at first but finishes as a beautiful story!

Don’t let the slow start stop you! You’ll enjoy this story of peace, love and living by your own terms!

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  • Reader7347
  • 2022-02-07

Beautiful!

The characters, story, narration--I really enjoyed everything about this book. Humor and beauty, compelling characters, interesting history and vivid description of an unusual setting make this well worth the listen.

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  • Molly
  • 2021-11-08

I heard it.

I struggled to finish. Terrible story about old age and death. Disjointed and no sensible plot.

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  • Pamela Lynn Purvis
  • 2021-05-08

Excellent

Surprising, well written, compelling. Will chew on this book for awhile. Well narrated, well written.