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The Man Who Rained

por Ali Shaw

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From the author of the stunning debut novel The Girl with Glass Feet comes another magical story of love, discovery, and nature When Elsa's father is killed in a tornado, all she wants is to escape--from New York, her job, her boyfriend--to somewhere new, anonymous, set apart. For some years she has been haunted by a sight once seen from an airplane: a tiny, isolated settlement called Thunderstown. Thunderstown has received many a pilgrim, and young Elsa becomes its latest, drawn to this weather-ravaged backwater, this place rendered otherworldly by the superstitions of its denizens. In Thunderstown, they say, the weather can come to life, and when Elsa meets Finn Munro, an outcast living in the mountains above the town, she wonders whether she has witnessed just that. For Finn has an incredible secret: he has a thunderstorm inside of him. Not everyone in town wants happiness for Elsa and Finn. As events turn against them, can they weather the tempest--can they survive at all? This work of lyrical, mercurial magic and imagination is a modern-day fable about the elements of love.… (mais)
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Elsa hält es in ihrem alten Leben nicht mehr aus. Ihr scheint alles über den Kopf zu wachsen und sie ist einfach nicht mehr sie selbst. So kommt sie nach Thunderstown, einem abgelegenen Dorf, dass von Angst und Rachsucht beherrscht wird. Die Legende vom Old Man Thunder schwirrt immer noch in den Köpfen der Menschen und sie wollen ihn geopfert wissen.
Und das ausgerechnet von Daniel, deren Vorfahren die Gründer des Dorfes und ein Jägergeschlecht waren. Doch Daniel liebte einst eine Frau, die einen Sohn gebar, der das Wetter in sich trug.
Während ihrer Streifzüge durch die Berge begegnet Elsa diesem jungen Mann und schon ihre erste Begegnung offenbart ihr sein wahres Wesen. Doch Elsa verliebt sich in Finn und zum ersten Mal in seinem Leben fühlt er sich glücklich. Doch der Hass der Dorfbewohner hängt wie eine dunkle Verheißung über ihnen…

Elsa windet sich in Selbstzweifeln und Orientierungslosigkeit und hofft nun, weit weg ihr Glück zu finden. Doch das Erbe ihrer Eltern macht ihr das Loslassen nicht einfach. Erst Finn macht sie zum ersten Mal fühlen, dass sie – und allein sie – etwas Besonderes ist. Und die große Liebe trifft auf einen Haufen erschreckter Dorfbewohner mit Mistgabeln. Ein moderner Frankenstein-Roman, nur dass Finn kein von Menschenhand geformtes Monster ist, sondern er selbst sich in diese Form begab. Unverhohlener Hass trifft unverstandenes Wesen.
Auf der eine Seite die Geschichte, auf der anderen Seite Daniel, der gegen seine Vergangenheit versucht anzukommen und schließlich feststellen muss, dass er sich von seinen Ängsten hat leiten lassen.

Ein verträumtes Buch, dass Obsessionen zu gewissen Wetterphänomenen entwickelt und einer Protagonistin, die sympathisch ist, auch wenn ihre Interaktionen an einigen Stellen überzogen wirken.
Das Buch brachte folgendes Gefühl in mir hervor: Ab Seite 271 wollte ich nicht weiterlesen, denn ich hatte Angst vor einem für mich „falschen“ Ende…und das ist doch ein gutes Zeichen. ( )
  TheFallingAlice | Jan 15, 2017 |
I read this first book, The Girl with glass feet and was smitten. He made me believe it all could be real. That in some parts of the world there was still magic that was not truly magic, it was just life. It's not like paranormal books where you just read it but do not believe. Here, here it is different. Perhaps men can rain, and perhaps rain can come to life.

His prose is lyrical and it sucks you in, it holds on to you and it also made me feel scared. This is a town filled with superstitious people who kill that of rain and thunder. While on the mountain there lives a strange man called Finn, who is our man who rained. I feared for him.

The story is about Elsa who comes to Thundertown to start a new life. She is nice and curious and meets Finn. Who is mysterious and sweet. He shows her a world that seems to exist only in these mountains. It's a book filled with magical realism and feelings of longing, love but also hate of the unknown. And here it truly shows. That which you do not know you fear and think is dangerous. Only some give it a chance and find that we are all alike in the end.

The book is great, the writing, the story, the people in it and the world he creates. It's a place were sunbeams come to life.

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It's a book I recommend because it is so real and still so magical. I can't wait for his next book and see what he comes up with then. It was simply enchanting, heartbreaking and lovely.

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  blodeuedd | Mar 2, 2016 |
Despite the fact that I hate romances, I quite enjoyed this book. It's a story about a woman who visits a mysterious town in which people and animals can be somehow integrated with the weather. I don't want to give it all away, but I thought it was well down, and compelling, until the end, when it got a bit silly and went too far. I think the key to good magical realism is getting the right blend between the magical and the real, so you can't quite tell where one starts and one ends, and this was done well for most of the book, but not the last few chapters. Still worth a read though. ( )
  kmstock | Jul 7, 2013 |
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From the author of the stunning debut novel The Girl with Glass Feet comes another magical story of love, discovery, and nature When Elsa's father is killed in a tornado, all she wants is to escape--from New York, her job, her boyfriend--to somewhere new, anonymous, set apart. For some years she has been haunted by a sight once seen from an airplane: a tiny, isolated settlement called Thunderstown. Thunderstown has received many a pilgrim, and young Elsa becomes its latest, drawn to this weather-ravaged backwater, this place rendered otherworldly by the superstitions of its denizens. In Thunderstown, they say, the weather can come to life, and when Elsa meets Finn Munro, an outcast living in the mountains above the town, she wonders whether she has witnessed just that. For Finn has an incredible secret: he has a thunderstorm inside of him. Not everyone in town wants happiness for Elsa and Finn. As events turn against them, can they weather the tempest--can they survive at all? This work of lyrical, mercurial magic and imagination is a modern-day fable about the elements of love.

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