THE CHARACTER OF RAIN by Amélie Nothomb

THE CHARACTER OF RAIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The ninth novel from the prolific French author of such first-rate books as Fear and Trembling (2001) and The Stranger Next Door (1998) is autobiographical fiction with a difference. It relates, from cunningly varied viewpoints, the first three years in the life of Amélie, born in 1970 to a Belgian consul and his wife living in Japan. Initially a “tube” that only ingests, digests, and excretes, the infant gradually develops taste (for chocolate, specifically) and sensitivity, and grows into unillusioned awareness that her status as a pampered “goddess” represents a paradise she’ll soon have to leave. Witty and original. Perhaps the best yet from one of Europe’s finest younger writers.

Pub Date: April 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-312-28600-7
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2002




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