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Rain Clouds and Waterfalls Kindle Edition
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The story of Ellen and how she handles each predicament in her life by relating it to her favorite Beatles song is handled well by the author. She skillfully shows how music can validate and sooth human emotions and can be the best medicine for what ails us. Ellen handles some pretty tough situations: childhood friendships and first loves fizzling out, estranged family members, domestic violence and sexual harassment in the workplace, yet there are many instances where I found a smile on my face. Humor was used in all the right places to lighten up the dark corners. Ellen was truly a loveable main character and I was drawn to her to the end.
Beatles fan or not, this book has something to offer anyone who loves a good, character-driven story. It was an enjoyable trip back in time!
Rain Clouds and Waterfalls follows the life of Ellen, a school girl in the '70s, to adulthood in 1990. The most notable and enduring of Ellen's qualities is her fanatical obsession with the Beatles, and that provides the thread which connects the chapters which are snapshots of her life. Given this, I half expected actual Beatles music to be present in the audio book. Alas, it is only present to the same extent as in the other forms of the book, with mentions of albums, songs, and Beatles history and trivia.
Ellen evolves as a person during the course of the book. She starts as a timid member of a dysfunctional family, and gives up the idea of college because she mistakenly believes her future is with the guy who has been using her for sex. We see her as sexually abused in the 1980s workplace, in a way that would not be tolerated today. By the end of the book she has moved past that situation, and is considering furthering her education.
The ending wraps up some loose ends with a nice twist and a hopeful outlook . If you are a Beatles fan, and grew up during that era, you will enjoy this book. Try it on Audible!
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I want more! Having grown up about the same time as Ellen, I loved every word!Read more