Rain Clouds and Waterfalls Kindle Edition
|Length: 268 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled|
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It is set in the 1970s to ‘80s, and the underpinning idea that drives the overall story of a girl’s years through adolescence to early adulthood is a love of the music of the Beatles; so it may also appeal to older adults – the now fifty-plus.
The chapters are crafted like short stories, but together they tell a continuing story.
In a few parts there seemed to be a gap and I found myself having to go back a couple of pages to check if I’d missed some explanation. Most books tell too much, but this is one that could do with a little more, at least in some places.
I expect we’ll hear more from this Author in the future.
It’s made clear at the beginning of the book just why Beatles’ songs have taken on such an emotional significance for Ellen, the narrator: she associates their records with the brother she lost track of as an 11 year old girl, whose absence she struggles to come to terms with as she grows up. And so the songs are a kind of touchstone for her as she moves through adolescence, into young womanhood. There are some great observations of all the small and major crises that people go through as they move out of childhood and join the adult world. And all the while the Beatles’ music is a way of making the world a better place: “I looked at the record player, hoping the music machine would swallow me up in that nowhere land they sang of.”
There’s also some humour in the stories, which is only fitting for a book in which the presence of John Lennon looms so large. So, when “Kevin Hawkins strolled down the aisle between the freshmen and sophomore section of tables with the relaxed posture of John Lennon crossing Abbey Road,” I’m sure any Beatles fan will give a knowing smile of recognition.
Whether or not you’re a Beatles fan, reading Ellen’s stories will give you some heart-warming moments and some heartache. She’s a character I really came to care about.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rain Clouds and Waterfalls by Piper Templeton is a lovely little coming of age and beyond story set in a time when life was simpler if only because choices were limited. Read morePublished 1 month ago by p.j. lazos
This was a well written compact coming of age story, with the Beatles as an integral central theme. Each chapter uses a Beatles song and traverses the decades of 1970 through the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Angelica Kate
I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy, delightful read. I can totally relate to the main character Ellen. I think was her. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book was ok. It was not what I thought it would be. I found the writing to be disjointed. It was not my type of book. I did not like it. To me it was too superficial. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Violet13
I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I want more! Having grown up about the same time as Ellen, I loved every word! Read more
I was quite excited to read this novel that's told in a series of short stories. It is creative from the get-go. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Reader of Books
Although the writing is charming, the first part of the book resembles the typesetting … all over the place and this really destroys much of the pleasure (even though I know... Read morePublished 11 months ago by 10Stars
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