And the Birds Rained Down

And the Birds Rained Down A CBC Canada Reads Selection Finalist for the Governor General s Literary Award for French to English TranslationTom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on thei

  • Title: And the Birds Rained Down
  • Author: Jocelyne Saucier Rhonda Mullins
  • ISBN: 9781552452684
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Paperback
  • A CBC Canada Reads 2015 Selection Finalist for the 2013 Governor General s Literary Award for French to English TranslationTom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can t eke out for themselves.But oneA CBC Canada Reads 2015 Selection Finalist for the 2013 Governor General s Literary Award for French to English TranslationTom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can t eke out for themselves.But one summer two women arrive One is a young photographer documenting a a series of catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century she s on the trail of the recently deceased Ted Boychuck, a survivor of the blaze And then the elderly aunt of the one of the pot growers appears, fleeing one of the psychiatric institutions that have been her home since she was sixteen She joins the men in the woods and begins a new life as Marie Desneige With the photographer s help, they find Ted s series of paintings about the fire, and begin to decipher the dead man s history.A haunting meditation on aging and self determination, And the Birds Rained Down, originally published in French as Il pleuvait des oiseaux, was the winner of the Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie, the first Canadian title to win this honour It was winner of the Prix des lecteurs Radio Canada, the Prix des coll giens du Qu bec, the Prix Ringuet 2012 and a finalist for the Grand Prix de la ville de Montr al.

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    1. Jocelyne Saucier Rhonda Mullins

      Jocelyne Saucier born 1948 in Clair, New Brunswick is a Canadian novelist and journalist based in Quebec.Educated in political science at the Universit Laval, Saucier worked as a journalist in the Abitibi T miscamingue region of Quebec before publishing her debut novel, La Vie comme une image, in 1996 That book was a finalist for the Governor General s Award for French language fiction at the 1996 Governor General s Awards Her second novel, Les H ritiers de la mine, was a finalist for the Prix France Qu bec in 2001, and her third novel, Jeanne sur les routes, was a finalist at the 2006 Governor General s Awards Her fourth novel, Il pleuvait des oiseaux, won the Prix France Qu bec, the Prix Ringuet, the Prix des cinq continents de la francophonie, the Prix des lecteurs de Radio Canada and the Prix litt raire des coll giens, while And the Birds Rained Down its English translation by Rhonda Mullins , was a finalist for the Governor General s Award for French to English translation at the 2013 Governor General s Awards.Il pleuvait des oiseaux was selected for the 2013 edition of Le Combat des livres, where it was championed by dancer and broadcaster Genevi ve Gu rard And the Birds Rained Down will be defended by Martha Wainwright in the 2015 edition of Canada Reads.

    452 thoughts on “And the Birds Rained Down”

    1. Jocelyne Saucier's novel, "And the birds rained down", took me totally by surprise. Starting with the rather odd title to the first paragraphs, I wondered why this slim volume had become a 2015 finalist in Canada's annual book competition, CANADA READS. The more I read, however, the more I was enjoying this unusual and touching story and the way the characters reveal themselves slowly and quite reluctantly. Saucier writes with sensititvity and a sense of humor; the book's narrative structure is [...]


    2. A photojournalist is tracking down people whom survived the terrifying fires in Northern Ontario at the turn of the century When talking to people she hears about this young man who seemed to be many places at once, helping people, saving a few and standing in the water with a bunch of flowers. They called him Boychuck and she wants to find him.She finds him living in the woods with two other men, each living in their own cabin and living life on their own terms. They are each there for differen [...]


    3. Liebe. Leben. Tod.In diesem Roman geht es um diese 3 elementaren Dinge, die das Leben ausmachen. Ohne Kitsch und Sentimentalität auf den Punkt gebracht.Es ist die Geschichte von drei alten Männern, die sich in die Wälder Nordkanadas zurückgezogen haben, um selbstbestimmt zu leben und zu sterben.Zwei werden sterben und einem wird "Ein Leben mehr" geschenkt, in Form von Liebe.Diese Liebesgeschichte hat mich am meisten berührt, weil sie ehrlich ist. Ein 91-jähriger Mann verliebt sich in eine [...]


    4. Who among us hasn’t fantasized from time to time about escaping the rat-race and hiding away in the wilderness? This was a beautifully written tale of three older men who had done just that, supported by two younger guys who are growing marijuana out in that same wilderness. It is also about the disruption that occurs when two women enter the picture, one of them the elderly aunt of one of the pot-growers, the other a photographer searching for people who survived an enormous historic forest f [...]


    5. Artfully presented. Slowly and carefully built. I wasn't as impressed with the main storyline about the character of Ted Boychuck and The Great Fires as I was with the quiet love story of Charlie and Marie-Desneige, but it all fits together nicely and those interested in Canadian history might get more out of the Great Fires content than I did. The final 50 pages are genius and should be read in one sitting and the ending is beautiful without being overly-tidy. I wasn't sure I was loving it unti [...]


    6. A quiet and unflinching look at the freedom of living on one's own terms, "And the Birds Rained Down" has plenty of wisdom to offer readers. Besides having a peculiar plot that is as mysterious as it is romantic, it also reads quite like a stage play with a third-person narrator introducing each unique character-centered or topical chapter.The story feels generations and lands apart from where I am at this point in life, and so there was discordance with what I wanted to take away from it to wha [...]


    7. It was raining birds. When the wind came up and covered the sky with a dome of black smoke, the air was in short supply, and you couldn't breathe for the heat and the smoke, neither the people nor the birds, and they fell like rain at our feet.And the Birds Rained Down is a small and quiet book, but it captures a bit of magic nonetheless. It reminded me of a Group of Seven painting put into words, by way of Margret Atwood's Survival: a classical interpretation of Canada, made modern. As author J [...]


    8. Etwa 2,8 SterneEin Buch über das selbst bestimmte Leben und vor allem Sterben dreier alter Männer, die sich in die Wälder zurück gezogen haben. Dazu ein wenig Geschichte - die großen Brände - ein Rätsel. und eine späte Liebe. Die Stimmung, die das Buch trägt, ist sehr einnehmend, Einfachheit, Echtheit, große, treue Freundschaft. Die Schilderungen vom idyllischen Leben in und mit der Natur waren mir alles in allem aber dann doch eine Spur zu idyllisch, auch die Liebesgeschichte (n) hin [...]


    9. Three old men who decided to disappear from their mainstream lives, are found hiding out in Northern Ontario cut-off from mainstream society by a female journalist who has been searching for one of them to do a story on his life. The men have been missing for years, and presumed dead, but the journalist had her doubts. Then another woman who is also running away from her life at an old folks home, finds their settlement & decides to stay with them. This book is a meditation on life, survival [...]


    10. The elderly pot-growing in the remote forest - what a GREAT storyline. If only we could all do that.Oh! wait up


    11. Die erste Hälfte fand ich gut, dann ist es etwas abgedriftet ich hätte mir da noch etwas mehr gewünscht, denn die Charaktere und die Botschaft über das Älterwerden fand ich sehr gut!



    12. Dies ist die Geschichte von drei alten Männern, die sich in die nordkanadischen Wälder zurückgezogen haben. Von drei Männern, die die Freiheit lieben. Eines Tages aber ist es mit ihrer Einsiedelei vorbei. Zuerst stößt eine Fotografin zu ihnen, sie sucht nach einem der letzten Überlebenden der Großen Brände, einem gewissen Boychuck. Kurze Zeit später taucht Marie-Desneiges auf, eine eigensinnige, zierliche Dame von achtzig Jahren. Die Frauen bleiben. Und während sie dem Rätsel um Boyc [...]



    13. Da se ne bavi tako dirljivom i simpatičnom temom dece-staraca, verovatno je ne bih ni završio. Ne znam do čega je, da li do stila ili strukture (ili možda prevoda?), ali ne mogu da kažem da je knjiga, izuzev par upečatljivih slika koje pruža, i po čemu posebna. 2+


    14. This is not a long book,but it is filled with vivid scenes, intricate relationships, a couple of mysteries and a love story that gives hope to anyone who feels time at his or her back. Saucier says she started doing research on the great fires that swept northern Ontario, Minnesota and parts of Manitoba 100 years ago. Between 1910 and 1920 thousands of square kilometers were burned by wildfires started as mining, logging and settlement moved into formerly lightly settled country. Saucier's heroi [...]


    15. 3.5This short read (under 200 pages) took me over two weeks to finish. A huge part of that can be attributed to the fact that I started school two weeks ago and recreational reading quickly got cut back in the overwhelm of a new semester. Still, though, this book wasn't really pulling at me.After I could devote some time to it, I got through it very quickly indeed. It took a little getting into, but it was worth it. It felt like a very long short story or a novella instead of a novel. The writin [...]


    16. what a beautiful, compelling story. there is a quietness to this novel that i really enjoyed. saucier gives us some very difficult subjects - aging and the right to determine or control one's own death; living with mental health challenges; an historic tragedy and its aftermath; love & family; living one's own life. for a near wisp of a book (154 pages), a lot of ground is covered. my only hesitations in giving this 5-stars is because i found some things repeated - in some cases, full senten [...]


    17. I'm so happy that this book came to my attention through Canada Reads. I loved Ru, the book that won, but this too is a worthy contender.It is the marvelous story of a couple of octogenarians who have escaped society and it's expectations about their lives. Tom and Charlie are living life on their own terms in cabins in northern Ontario. One of their cohorts, Ted, has just passed away.Their mostly self-sufficient lifestyles made me think about what it means to live. They do have some help, thoug [...]


    18. A truly beautiful piece of work. So much has been written and said about this book, not least of it during the live televised Canada Reads debates. Of the five finalists that year, I personally love this one the best.It is in every sense a celebration of life:; a stolen life reclaimed after sixty years of unspeakable injustice; lives grasped uncompromisingly by two old men on their own terms; life arising out of fire and ashes, re-created by a set of paintings even after the artist had died; lif [...]


    19. I really liked this book. First of all, the setting is Northern Ontario, and this is to my liking. Then, I learned something of the great fires in Northern Ontario, and to learn new things is always good. But, it was the characters that I loved as their stories reinforced the reality of life, of dealing with love and joy in the good times and surviving loss and bitterness in the hard times. The relationship between Marie-Desneiges and Charlie shows the importance and healing power of love and te [...]


    20. "Winner of the 2011 Prix des Cinq continents de la Francophonie, Il pleuvait des oiseaux is a fresh and elegant reminder of Canada’s—and Quebec’s—unique role in forging literary fiction that smartly combines North American land- and mindscapes with European storytelling traditions and styles." - Graziano Krätli, Yale UniversityThis book was reviewed in the July/August 2012 issue of World Literature Today. The full review is available at our website: worldliteraturetoday/2


    21. Un très beau roman sur la liberté, l'amour et la vie et ses contraires. Une photographe qui cherche les derniers survivants d'un feu qui a dévasté le nord de l'Ontario au début du 20ième siècle fait des personnages qui vivent en marge de la société. Poétique, imagé et surprenant.


    22. What a lovely subtle magic book. Long lives lived, lives lived on ones own terms, love and security found late in life. A setting that includes deep in the woods, simple living, artistic influences, canine companions and a marihuana plantation. Thanks Canada Reads for getting me to read this.



    23. Nordkanada. Die Einsamkeit der Wälder bietet Schutz, um zur Ruhe zu kommen. Das Leben ausklingen zu lassen. Es nach eigenem Gefallen zu leben und nach eigenem Gefallen zu beenden. Das ist Freiheit.Deshalb fühlen sie sich dort wohl. Tom und Charlie, ihre Hunde, und früher auch ihr Freund Ted. Er ist vor kurzem verstorben. An Altersschwäche. Dass es das heute noch gibt. Im Wald ist eben alles möglich. Der Wald hat sein eigenes soziales System. „Der Tod ist ein alter Freund. Sie sprechen hä [...]


    24. This is definitely a much odder read than I had originally anticipated and, while not wholly awful, it isn't particularly stunning either. This CANADA READS 2015 nominee follows a mismatched group of individuals who find their lives entangled with two aging men who decide to live out their final years in the Ontario wilderness. I really enjoyed the opening of the book, which establishes the theme of learning about death by living life. But, unfortunately, it goes off the rails about a third of t [...]


    25. (4.5 stars) Really, what a lovely little book! And the Birds Rained Down is a finalist for 2015 Canada Reads and was one title that initially did not appeal to me. A brief summary of two pot farmers and men that live in the forest -- hmmmm - wasn't sure that was something I would enjoy reading. It was the first in the CR competition available for me to read however, so I decided to give it a try. What a wonderful and pleasant surprise. Beautiful, beautiful writing,(and translation) lovely people [...]


    26. What a beautiful, heart-filled story. I'm lying in bed writing this, the book only a minute closed, by my side. I read this, discovered this, only because of Canada Reads. I bought it after the debates, not because I thought its defender did a good job, but because the idea of the story stayed with me.It exceeded expectation. The writing (and translation) is beautiful. The notion, the crafting of the story, the characters, the unexpected love. It's flawless and lovely. I have a tear falling down [...]


    27. I picked up And The Birds Rained Down because it was chosen for this year's Canada Reads debates. I never really read synopses before starting a book and so I was completely unaware about what the book was even about. Now, as I sit here having just finished the book, I realize that I was subtly moved by this book.And The Birds Raines Down is everything you'd expect from a Can Lit novel, plus some. Set in the wilderness with brief forays into the city, setting is almost its own character. The act [...]


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