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The Small Rain (1945)

por Madeleine L'Engle

Séries: Katherine Forrester (1)

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"An unusual and beautiful book," the first novel by the bestselling author of A Wrinkle in Time explores the life of a young artist (Los Angeles Times). At only ten years old, Katherine Forrester has already experienced her fair share of upheaval. It has been three years since she last saw her mother, a concert pianist whose career was cut short by a terrible accident. After a brief reunion, tragedy strikes once more, forcing Katherine from the familiarity of New York City to a foreign Swiss boarding school.   Far from home, she struggles with the challenges of growing up. Stifled by her daily routine and the pettiness of her classmates, Katherine's piano lessons with a gifted young teacher provide an anchor in the storm. After graduation, she follows in her mother's footsteps, pursuing a career as a pianist in Greenwich Village. There, she must learn to reconcile her blossoming relationship with her fiancé with the one consistent and dominant force in her life: music.   Inspired by the author's time living among artists, The Small Rain follows Katherine's journey from a distraught girl to an exuberant and talented woman with the breadth and poignancy that defines Madeleine L'Engle's signature style.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Madeleine L'Engle including rare images from the author's estate.  … (mais)
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I bought quite a few books by Madeleine L'Engle at the thrift shop. The Small Rain was her first novel. It is the story of Katherine Forrester, daughter of a famous concert pianist whose career is cut short after a devastating accident. Katherine also has great talent and despite tragedy in her life, she always finds solace in her music. This is the first book in a two-book series and we leave Katherine pursuing her musical career in New York City. L'Engle has crafted a compelling story of a young woman coming of age and learning how to let her spirit live. The story continues in A Severed Wasp, which is on my shelf waiting for its turn.
  witchyrichy | Aug 30, 2023 |
It's been a long time since I read this (18 years--I read it during the first year of my marriage), but I still remember that this book wrecked me. That might not sound like a recommendation, but it is: I love it when writing is that powerful.

That year (1995) was my Madeline L'Engle year. I read books of hers I hadn't read and re-read what I had read before, and it was all grand. Madeline L'Engle feeding frenzies are good for the soul. ( )
  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
Here's what I wrote in 2008 about this read: "First of two in a series (Severed Wasp is second). Don't remember the details, but remember enjoying L'Engle and her Christianity.". Sequel is A Severed Wasp ( )
  MGADMJK | Sep 4, 2022 |
Katherine is a great character and she is meant to be with Michael even if it is painful to watch her grow up enough to get there. This book is great and shows none of the darkness that will haunt her adult life. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Every decade or two, I can't remember why I don't own this book (it's by Madeleine L'Engle! I must love it!) and acquire another copy. Then I discover that I'm not too enamoured of the book (again). The heroine is a bit gormless. The dialogue is oddly written. Some authors are able to vary the pace of dialogue by writing, say, "Katherine demurred" instead of "'No. Maybe.'", but apparently, when writing her first book, not L'Engle. Almost without exception, the dialogue is back and forth speech, with no stage business, people don't move around, don't murmur or mumble or use adverbs, they just put it out there in inverted commas. Since they obligingly speak in turn, they seldom even need their identity indicated. I almost laughed when I saw a page with its entire right side empty while the dialogue marched down the left side of the page in two- or three-word snippets. On the other hand, the heroine is capable of maundering on for an entire page without drawing breath. I lost patience. ( )
  muumi | Jan 1, 2019 |
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"An unusual and beautiful book," the first novel by the bestselling author of A Wrinkle in Time explores the life of a young artist (Los Angeles Times). At only ten years old, Katherine Forrester has already experienced her fair share of upheaval. It has been three years since she last saw her mother, a concert pianist whose career was cut short by a terrible accident. After a brief reunion, tragedy strikes once more, forcing Katherine from the familiarity of New York City to a foreign Swiss boarding school.   Far from home, she struggles with the challenges of growing up. Stifled by her daily routine and the pettiness of her classmates, Katherine's piano lessons with a gifted young teacher provide an anchor in the storm. After graduation, she follows in her mother's footsteps, pursuing a career as a pianist in Greenwich Village. There, she must learn to reconcile her blossoming relationship with her fiancé with the one consistent and dominant force in her life: music.   Inspired by the author's time living among artists, The Small Rain follows Katherine's journey from a distraught girl to an exuberant and talented woman with the breadth and poignancy that defines Madeleine L'Engle's signature style.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Madeleine L'Engle including rare images from the author's estate.  

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