"This book is a thing of beauty: Rain constructs the story like an opera libretto, with an overture, four acts and an intermission. Swinging through the decades, intermingling cultural and political developments, Rain is subtle and assured, a writer of unquestionable talent. Do yourself a favour and read this wonderful book now." -- The Irish Times
"A wildly audacious and compellingly written book… Reading The Heat of the Sun is like watching an author keep daring himself to take higher and higher hurdles and clearing them every time; he creates dizzying effects, both in his web of plot twists and in the prism of twentieth-century history through which he tells his story." –Opera News Magazine
"An explosive story of friendship . . . a sensitive, intelligent snapshot of a watershed moment in our country’s history. . . Rain’s worthy novel is a touching, often searing tale of friendship, betrayal and love. His flawed characters are staggering beneath the weight of the past, which they carry like burdens even beyond the book’s chilling, operatic conclusion." -- BookPage
"There are passages in the novel that have a heartbreaking beauty worthy of Puccini’s music." –The Washington Post
"What happened to the characters in Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly after Cio-Cio-San’s suicide? Australian author Rain imagines some answers in . . . [a first novel that is] dramatic, even operatic, and an engaging read." -- Booklist
"Rain, who’s ‘far too young to be writing this exquisitely’ (Bookbag), imagines what happened to the son of Madame Butterfly, Puccini’s eponymous heroine." – Library Journal
"[The] characters and a sense of tragedy evoke American authors Fitzgerald and Styron, yet Rain’s outsider worldview enriches rather than dulls the narrative, particularly in sequences set in Pacific Rim Asia and others involving the Bomb. The author masterfully weaves Madame Butterfly through the 20th century, assuring that the connections never read as coincidences or plot devices." – Publisher’s Weekly
"A remarkable debut that reinvents, elaborates and extends into the late 20th century the story Puccini made famous in Madama Butterfly.
The book might be called postmodern, but it never makes references to create ironic distance—on the contrary, every detail is in the service of the elaborate, operatic melodrama, the story within the story. A version of the ancient story of love and honor, and honor betrayed, it culminates at the Trinity A-bomb test, the characters, each in their own way, devastated.
Rain is master of this inventive, operatic and at moments harrowing debut."
“This fantastic story swirls around an irresistibly charismatic ‘bad boy’ whose odyssey of self-definition pulls the whole world in its wake. Like the historical epochs and episodes it weaves into a mesmerizing puzzle, The Heat of the Sun is by turns wildly colorful and strait-laced, witty and rueful, reserved and operatic. David Rain's clever mixture of fact and famous fiction puts a new spin on the ‘butterfly effect.’”
--Andrew Solomon, National Book Award winner and author of New York Times bestseller The Noonday Demon
The book was not that interesting. I would not go out of my way to recommend it to anyone else.Published 8 months ago by Jim Bryant
What goes around comes around. Karma is a b@tch. We’ve all heard it. We’ve all ignored it. “The Heat of the Sun” is a WARNING. Read morePublished 9 months ago by David Seaman
Our group was polarised on this book.
As one reviewer said: we get a beautifully written uninteresting story. Read more
The premise is better than the book: it's about Madame Butterfly & Pinkerton's son, Trouble. As narrated by his Nick Carraway- type friend, Sharpless, whose father was the consul... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Julia Walter
I really liked the plot concept for The Heat of the Sun. I am not overly familiar with Madame Butterfly, but I always enjoy historical fiction that builds upon or expands a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ashley Mott
Heat of the Sun by David Rain was a very moving book. I found that it took some time to get into the characters and the story, but by the end I enjoyed the story very much. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thomas P
This book is a sequel to Madame Butterfly. The writing is good but the story is dull and uncompelling. Read morePublished 16 months ago by brian d foy
Madame Butterfly and I go way back to my childhood where I saw the Cary Grant/Sylvia Sidney movie on TV 5 times (Monday to Friday) on the 4pm movie of the week. Read morePublished 16 months ago by E. B. MULLIGAN
The idea is very good. What happens to the Madame Butterfly's son. Unfortunately 3/4 of the way through the book the author loses confidence in this story and adds some weird... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Half Fast Farmer