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"Destined to be a classic, [History of the Rain] isn't just the elegy Ruthie offers to the departed but also a love letter to reading and its life-giving powers. [Ruthie's] voice and narrative remain utterly unique even as she invites comparisons to Jim Hawkins, Ishmael, and hosts of legendary nliterary narrators." - Library Journal, starred review
"You can smell the peat burning and feel the ever-present mist in acclaimed Irish novelist Williams’ luscious paean to all who lose themselves in books. Williams captures the awe and all of Ireland—its myths and mysteries, miseries and magic—through the pitch-perfect voice of a saucily defiant young woman who has witnessed too much tragedy but who clings devotedly to those she’s lost." - Booklist, starred review
"History of the Rain is charming, wise and beautiful. It is a love letter to Ireland in all its contradictions, to literature and poetry and family. It acknowledges that faith itself is a paradox, both impossible and necessary. And faith carries this novel--faith that stories can save us, that love endures, that acceptance is within reach, and finally, that it is possible to get to the other side of grief." - Shelf Awareness
"[An] Irish family saga stuffed with eccentricity, literature, anecdotes, mythology, humor and heartbreak." - Kirkus
Beautifully written, wonderful story development, and characters.
This heartfelt story gives the reader, joy, sorrow and tears but more often you will find yourself laughing out loud and wanting to start the book again.
This was a particularly lovely novel with so many references to literature and Irish folklore.
I do not know when last I enjoyed a book as much as this one: wanted to read it again before I had finished it.Published 1 day ago by Willene van der Merwe
Lovely writing style but nothing happens. I gave this book up about halfway through. I usually like books which are reviewed as "slow" or "quiet" but this book... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Bjerkana
This was a particularly lovely novel with so many references to literature and Irish folklore. I laughed out loud often and cared deeply for the main characters. Read morePublished 5 days ago by J. S. Davis
Fantastic read, maybe the best of this year's selection. Set in Faha, County Clare, Ruth Swain is an invalid in the attic listening to the rain beating on the roof. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Carmel
Lovely story. Funny, sad and thoughtful. All you can ask for in a novel. It's my pick from the booker long list.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
I had not read Niall Williams' books before this but I will certainly seek him out from here on. I loved the wit and poetic language, so Irish, of this book from the start. Read morePublished 15 days ago by A. Demling
The age old quest of discovery of what life is all about and trying to discover that wisdom through our bloodline is told as only the Irish can, through indirect storytelling all... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a quirky fabulous read. If you enjoy the stimulation of combining a clever story in a recognisable Irish environment with an historic array of '' spot on'' literary... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer