Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Rain Paperback – April 6, 2011
|New from||Used from|
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
Leigh Cunningham has crafted an engrossing, well-written and compelling book. Although it is hard to "encapsulate" because there are many themes and story lines, it is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. -- Janet J for Readers Favorite
Winner Literary Fiction category at the 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards, and silver medalist at the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the Regional Fiction: Australia/New Zealand category.
From the Author
RAIN is a very dark, sad, tragic story, and is based in part on true events. Some readers might find the sadness overwhelming, but in reality some people and families suffer more than their fair share of set-backs and misfortune.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle Edition for FREE. Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The tale mostly, but not exclusively, revolves around a second-generation mother, Helena, and her third-generation daughter, Carla. Even as they deny they need to, they give their lives to the men and boys who are their fathers, sons, brothers, and lovers--and receive in return enormous grief.
And yet this is no mindless indictment of the male characters. For instance, at the beginning Helena and her sister Grace, heiresses to their father's sawmill business, both favor the physically desirable Michael Baden. He readily returns the interest of the more attractive sister, Grace, to the point of consummating a youthful affair with her.
Grace, however, has her eye on a more glamorous life than Michael can be a part of. A worker in the mill, he's a bastard grandson of the impoverished and physically abused woman who claims to be his mother. He's also a victim of severe playground abuse for nothing more than being who he is.
When Grace leaves for a more worldly existence in Sydney, Michael turns his attention to the "sensible and comfortable" Helena. This reader finds it difficult to blame either of them for what follows.
Abuse--psychological, physical, and sexual--dominates Cunningham's story. And yet all of her characters--no matter how possible it is to say they invite their own grief--are sympathetic. This reader wanted each of them to succeed, even as he grew in his knowledge that most of them wouldn't.
The playground bullies and the gang-rapists of a fourteen-year-old girl in a nighttime cemetery are faceless, as they should be in this kind of story. Nobody has to be convinced those hobgoblins exist, even in fiction that blissfully--in this reader's humble opinion--eschews paranormality.
But what this reader most admires in Rain is Cunningham's unsentimental but intensely moving style of writing. She has no need to tell you when she's touching your heart. You simply feel it.
(Ron Fritsch is the author of Promised Valley Rebellion.)
A fire in the mill owned by the Wallin family is only the beginning of what seems like a trail of grief. The theme of rain peppers the pages, too; not just the seasonal rains that bring devastation but the symbolic rain of grief and loss.
But the rains can also remind us of other things, as in this excerpt:
Carla, the third generation daughter is contemplating the rain. "I am waiting for the rain to pass so I can hike again through the bush--I go there in search of my guide. There is something about the rain. I have always found it comforting. It makes me feel warm even when it is cold. I love the way it smells, especially the way the bush smells after the rain. I love the way it tastes and I love the way it feels on my skin. Rain is life--everything grows from it...."
When I chose this family saga, I expected something quite different. I enjoyed the symbolism, the struggles, and the persistence of the characters despite the tragedies that seemed to flank them. Perhaps even because of the tragedies. But parts of the story seemed bogged down by a tendency toward "chronicling" the lives of the characters rather than showing them through their interactions and through dialogue.
I did care about what happened to them, but at times, I felt frustrated by the detached tone of the author. I would still recommend this book to those who enjoy family stories. My rating is 3.5 stars.
Rain is a clear-eyed account of those affairs, boldly telling us why the women do what they do and why the men they fall in love with mostly fail them.
And yet, even as Helena, her daughter Carla, and the other women in Rain err romantically, Cunningham's unsentimental telling of her story made me take them seriously. I could only sympathize with them. If I were in their positions, wouldn't I err no less badly than they do?
Nor did Cunningham's tale preclude my sympathy for the majority of the male characters. They do what they do because, given their limited view of the world, that's what males do.
Rain is a profound current-day tragedy. It's for the serious reader, the one like myself who wants no unjustified, lighthearted optimism but a deep involvement, to the point of tears, with characters who are all too real.
Most recent customer reviews
"takes over" the novel.Read more