And the Birds Rained Down

And the Birds Rained Down


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A CBC Canada Reads 2015 Selection!
Finalist for the 2013 Governor General's Literary Award for French-to-English Translation

Tom 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 collégiens du Québec, the Prix Ringuet 2012 and a finalist for the Grand Prix de la ville de Montréal.

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    And the Birds Rained Down Reviews

  • Karen

    I was completely captivated by this story! Three elderly men who had chosen to live out the remainder of their lives in the forest, with the right to live (or die) at their own choosing and with their...

  • Diane Barnes

    I'm giving this 5 stars because it was 160 pages of pure joy for me. If you want a plot recap, refer to the GoodReads description. It is all of that and a little bit more, but it introduced me to a gr...

  • Betsy Robinson

    I read this 155-page novel as slowly as I could and still it went too fast. So now I will take a pause, and then read it again fairly soon.There isn't much to say after reading this kind of beauty. Mo...

  • Zoeytron

    Here is a story that is an original.  Three old men, living off the land, separate yet together.  Solitary thoughts, man's response to nature, the freedom to live as you want, and the freedom to die...

  • Cheri

    In which people go missing, a death pact adds spice to life, and the lure of the forest and of love makes life worth living. The story seems far-fetched, but there are witnesses, so its truth canno...

  • Antoinette

    This novel is a priceless gem! I love all types of books, but I do think my favourites are character driven, and this is one such novel.“ This is a story of three old men who chose to disappear into...

  • Diane S ?

    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 man...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    "And the Birds Rained Down" by Jocelyne Saucier, translated from the French by Rhonda Mullins, is a short novel about a photographer who encounters a group of aging recluses as she searches for surviv...

  • Friederike Knabe

    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 finali...

  • Chrissie

    I was eager to read this, quite simply because the book’s title indicated to me that the author has the ability to portray events through lyrical prose. In this respect I was not disappointed! I als...