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Někdy prostě prší

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  665 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews

Cesty do literatury bývají někdy trnité, ale u Michela Fabera tomu tak nebylo. Stačilo mu psát si dvacet let do šuplíku, učit se řemeslo a nakonec se nechat svou ženou přesvědčit, že už by nemusel psát jen pro sebe. Povídkou Někdy prostě prší na první pokus vyhrál soutěž Iana St Jamese a téhož roku triumfoval povídkou Ryby v Macallanově ceně. Nadějného autora si záhy povši

Hardcover, Fleet, 252 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Kniha Zlín (first published 1981)
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Joe Valdez
Jan 06, 2017 Joe Valdez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some Rain Must Fall: And Other Stories is a collection by Michel Faber, all stories published in 2000. I'm a great fan of The Crimson Petal and the White and The Book of Strange New Things and after Faber transported me to strange new worlds with each new novel, I was curious where he'd take me with fifteen short stories, particularly which genre they'd fall under. Only two or three qualify as science fiction; the others are slices of contemporary life. Like a visit to Loch Ness in Faber's adopt ...more
Lynne King
Miss Thinne heaved herself on the window-ledge like a nightmarish white praying mantis, and lowered her spindly legs carefully down into the dark and humid room. Her forklike feet dangled more than a metre from Miss Fatt’s helplessly supine body.

Where to start with this sumptuous anthology of short stories? Coming across this author, whom I had never heard of before, was yet another serendipitous find in GR through reading friends’ reviews.

As soon as I saw the title I knew that this book was
Peter Boyle
Feb 05, 2017 Peter Boyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
Michel Faber is one of my very favourite writers. If you are ever unlucky enough to be trapped in a conversation about books with me, I will most certainly bring him up, and I apologise in advance for the excited gibberish and wild gesticulations that ensue.

Some Rain Must Fall is his debut collection of stories and the signs are already present of a rare talent at work. There is a such a wide range of styles on show here that one can't fail to be impressed: some are surreal, some are satirical,
May 13, 2013 Cecily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
A remarkably diverse, thought-provoking, often witty, and beautifully-written short stories.

That was a relief, because I loved Faber's "The Crimson Petal and the White" (, but was shocked by how much I disliked the related short stories, "The Apple" (

Many of these stories have a wry humour and a dream-like sense of disorientation, at least initially, but there is no unifying theme (which is not a criticism).

Jan 12, 2012 Petr rated it it was amazing
Svou prvotinu vydal Faber až v osmatřiceti letech, což jste asi už slyšeli, začíná tím každý jeho medailonek. K nám se dostala se zpožděním dalších třinácti let. Je to sice škoda, ale téhle literatuře čas neublíží. Sbírku tvoří patnáct povídek, jež sdílejí podivuhodnou vlastnost: zapamatujete si je. Mají logiku, mají pointu, emocionálně vás zasáhnou. Odpovídají Hemingwayově poučce: povídka je jako ledovec, devět desetin z ní má tvořit to, co vůbec nebylo napsáno, ale autor to věděl. Z Faberových ...more
Oct 21, 2010 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-fiction, 2012
April 2012

Miss Fatt and Miss Thinne are not, respectively--although they later become so, monstrously. The apocalypse is full of fish. God didn't create the world, he just found it in the trash heap and thought it was neat. You can fake a Virgin Mary, but you can't make her veil. Something about a hand. Africa. Also Poland. It's hard to find romance in a sex shop. A lonely nun keeps vigil on the edge of Suicide Point. And so on.

And I've just removed this book from my culling shelf. It looked in
Sep 22, 2013 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great collection of short stories, each one very different in form and style. I particularly loved FISH and THE RED CEMENT TRUCK, A CASE OF VERTIGO, and also MISS FATTE AND MISS THINNE - whose theme of eating and bodies reminded me of elements of both the Faber novels I've read: THE CRIMSON PETAL AND THE WHITE and UNDER THE SKIN. The stand out story for me was TOY STORY. About a little boy called God who finds an abandoned planet in the trash round the back of a factory down the road and then ...more
May 30, 2014 Tez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunately I don't remember enough of this short story collection to write a proper review. But two stories stick it out in my mind for being awesome: The one about the substitute/replacement/relief teacher, and the sweet romance set in Melbourne's sex industry (which includes the typical romance trope of "big misunderstanding").

Those two stories were great. A month later, I've forgotten the others.
Jul 03, 2008 sisterimapoet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-2009
The thing that draws me back to Faber is never quite knowing what to expect. It's like mystery pick and mix. I love it. Some of the stories seem very straightforward. Some quite crazy. Each inspire different reactions and emotions in me. But to me, Faber's greatest skill is being able to manage the really odd stories he invents. In lesser writers the idea spiral out of control and end up messy. He handles even shocking content with grace and charm.
Aug 25, 2013 Adam rated it it was amazing
Skvělé povídky. Perfektně přeložené. Autor vykazuje známky hlubokého vhledu do lidí, vztahů, emocí, situací. Témata mají široký záběr, až se zdá neuvěřitelné, kde všude autor stihnul nabrat materiál. Perfektní jsou Někdy prostě prší, Tunel lásky, Ovce. Maje zkušenost s bohémským chováním, u povídky Ovce jsem se pobavil převelice. Doporučuji a mám dojem, že si začas tuto sbírku s chutí přečtu znovu.
Apr 04, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here’s a guy that seems to be having some fun with the short-stories he’s writing. Almost as many different styles and forms as there are stories in the collection. Allegories, fables, realism, farce, its all here. And all handled with equal skill and creativity. “Sheep” is a hilarious T. C. Boyle-ish story about a prank played on five avant-garde artists. The title story is dark realism that uses snippets from student essays to reveal the trauma that is otherwise not revealed. I loved “Pidgin A ...more
Dec 13, 2007 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
I really enjoyed the other books I've read by Faber, and I thought I'd like this one after reading the first story. While there are a few other high points in this book, I found the stories disappointing overall. It seemed like, for some of the stories, he would get a gimmicky idea (e.g.s, "What if our hands had a separate consciousness from us?" "What if we started looking like our names?") and then follow through with a weak story. This book isn't awful, by any means...I just didn't feel too c ...more
Andrés Santiago
Aug 15, 2010 Andrés Santiago rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The most amazing collection of short stories. They vary from the wonderful and lyrical to the frightening and weird. It's a bit like watching Eraserhead by David Lynch. This is Faber's first book and one of his finest
Jan 09, 2014 Dymbula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Povídková knížka plná překvapení. Skvělým, nápaditým a hravým jazykem čtenáři autor předhazuje příběhy mnohdy až potrhlé. Nejvíc na mě zapůsobila poslední - Ovce. Fakt správně černý humor. Líbily se mi úplně všechny.
Aug 01, 2016 lanius_minor rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Abych byla přesná, tak 4,5.
Více zde:
Tomáš Radoň
Dec 10, 2014 Tomáš Radoň rated it really liked it
Skvělý překlad Viktora Janiše!
Dianne Murphy
A book of short stories - Faber's early work. Some gems, some completely bewildering, some truly awful. Sorry I ponied up the money for this train wreck.
Pavel Beneš
Jul 05, 2014 Pavel Beneš rated it it was amazing
Nádherný povídky, v krásně napsaným překladu Viktora janiše. Čte se to samo. A je pak veliká škoda, že to najednou – v nejlepším – skončí.
Vicky Churchill
Dec 28, 2016 Vicky Churchill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, read-2016
I haven't read many short story collections, but of the ones I have this one is by far my favourite. The writing is beautiful, though I did expect that as all of the works by Michel Faber I have read before were also written beautifully. The stories themselves are diverse and imaginative and I was left wanting this book to be longer
Chance Lee
Michael Faber's first short-story collection isn't as compelling as his novels, but when he hits on a good idea, he knows it, and the good stories in this collection are amazing. The other stories are wonderful, but simply pale compared to the stellar ones. Also, the good ones are clustered at the beginning and the end. Since I read them in order, not knowing which stories were the good ones, the middle bits took a long time to get through.

Some Rain Must Fall - *****
A substitute teacher of a spe
Sep 23, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LOVED some of these stories.
Anežka Svobodová
I was surprised how varied the stories were - some surprised with unexpectedly accurate perspectives while others seemed like a short writing exercise with no deeper meaning. I started with the story about the two ladies who got extremely slim and fat (a friend lent me this book after I mentioned I was intentionally going to grow myself fat) and after this one, which was of moderate qualities I was overwhelmed by stories about the village teacher or the abused girl who writes to NASA, as both of ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Val rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contained an uneven collection of short stories, but there is one jewel within. My favorite is "Fish," a story so surreal and haunting that it's now on my top lists of the genre, along with Asimov and China Mieville. I won't describe it here, because gradually realizing its altered reality is part of its appeal. Also liked "Toy Story," which imagined God as a child exploring the universe already constructed, and finding Earth, a little beautiful ball, which He carefully tucks into a sa ...more
Nov 21, 2016 Darklittle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It is always hard for me to review short story collections, especially if they are as diverse as this one. Some Rain Must Fall consists of fifteen brilliant short stories that showcase the broad spectrum of Michel Faber’s talent.
The book starts off with the story that lent this collection its name and “Some Rain Must Fall” isn’t for the faint of heart – it actually is one of my favorites and knocked me right off my feet. The next story, “Fish”, has a surrealistic, post-apocalyptic setting and fe
May 04, 2015 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 23, 2011 Laysee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some Rain Must Fall is a very fine collection of short stories that linger in the mind long after they are read. I took it with me on vacation and was able to savor each story. I was sad when there were no more stories left to read. I re-read “Toy Story” four times and was moved in a new way each time. Although the settings may be bizarre (e.g., the aquatic Armageddon world in Fish) and circumstances quite macabre, the people and experiences depicted felt real. Faber wrote with a vivid imaginati ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The best part of the book might have been the title. Some of the opening sentences of individual stories were interesting. Concepts on 2 of the stories were likable. Over-all a lot of rain fell! Gloomy,bad sexual tones where sex was never about love. Showed worst side of humans and of life for the most part. Cannot recommend this and wouldn't have finished it except it was the only book I had along for downtime during jury duty. Also just too much graphic language for me. Concepts of the stories ...more
Sofi Corso
Even though I'm absolutely positive Michel Faber has a beautiful way of writing and makes outstanding word choices, I cannot stop to ask myself: where is the climax? At least in the first two stories. I loved their background and beginning and description and creativity... But there was no point at which I could feel my heart pounding. Maybe it's because I'm accustomed to read conflict after conflict. I had to push myself to read and I eventually finished putting the book down with disappointmen ...more
Paul Foley
Aug 18, 2014 Paul Foley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Faber excels at telling stories of the outsider, the stranger, the misfit. He is master of the closely observed strangeness of everyday life. It's the outside observer who has the most acute vision. In the title story, it's the new teacher taking on an established classroom. In the Crust of Hell, it's an American family in the North African desert. Michel Faber brings his incisive prose to bear on these characters who straddle two worlds, people fascinating in their ordinariness.
Sep 29, 2013 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of stories contains the excellent sci-fi tale "Fish" and classic "Miss Fatt and Miss Thine" which brought to mind Gogol's stories. His writing style and particularly his use of metaphor is awe-inspiring.

However, I enjoyed his The Fahrenheit Twins much more, as it contained a lot more quirky, surreal stories.
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Michel Faber (born 13 April 1960) is a Dutch writer of English-language fiction.

Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967. He attended primary and secondary school in the Melbourne suburbs of Boronia and Bayswater, then attended the University Of Melbourne, studying Dutch, Philosophy, Rhetoric, English Language (a course involving translation a
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