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The Japanese believe that until the age of three children, whether Japanese or not, are gods, each one an okosama, or "lord child." On their third birthday they fall from grace and join the rest of the human race. In Amélie Nothomb's new novel The Character of Rain, we learn that divinity is a difficult thing from which to recover.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 23rd 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2000)
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Noce
Anche io sono un tubo: digerente.

Ho iniziato e finito il libro della Nothomb il primo Gennaio.

Solo per questo motivo bisogna riconoscerle (alla Nothomb) una massiccia dose di originalità, se è riuscita a coinvolgermi nella lettura, nonostante da sempre il periodo delle feste mi faccia assomigliare a un gene della narcolessia ambulante. [Per i distratti vorrei ricordare che in casa siamo in tre. Due che mangiano come uccellini, e la sottoscritta che ha una funzione ufficiale: quella di frantoio.
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Ginny_1807
Deliziosa, ironica e irriverente "autobiografia" di una bambina dall'intelligenza precoce alla scoperta dei grandi segreti del mondo e dell'esistenza umana.
Il racconto ripercorre i primi tre anni di vita dell'autrice, nella cornice di un Giappone reso più incantevole e pieno di mistero dallo sguardo stupito dei suoi occhi infantili.
Nonostante il tono all'apparenza scanzonato, il primo impatto con le cose e gli eventi produce conclusioni sferzanti e tutt'altro che ingenue.

"Una rondine non fa p
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York
Una bendita bomba!

Amélie Nothomb fue una niña genio, que creció para convertirse en una neurótica ejemplar. Plagada de ironía, desencanto y egocentrismo.

Hay muchos que no pueden soportar su estilo, tan autorreferenciado y contemplativo. Pero en verdad creo que eso tiene que ver más con issues o problemas emocionales del lector que con la propia autora, cada quien repelerá sus fantasmas, y en razón de ello es posible que odien este libro o intenten hacerlo menos.

Honestamente, intentar encontrar
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MJ Nicholls
A book narrated by a two-year-old intellectual prodigy, slyly based on the author’s own upbringing in Japan. As the blurb states, the book looks at the Japanese notion of okosama, or the Lord Child, a piece of lore where children are revered as Gods until they are three. This is true of a toddler’s own outlook: there is no one more important in the world than themselves—attention lavished on others is downright insulting.

What transpires is a curious novel about a two-year-old experiencing the wo
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Simona
Speravo da tantissimo tempo di leggere qualcosa della Nothombe e ora sono soddisfatta della lettura terminata.
In questo romanzo la Nothomb racconta i suoi primissimi anni di vita di bambina nata in Giappone da una famiglia di origini belghe. Una bambina che non piangeva mai, una bambina collerica che amava il cioccolato bianco del Belgio, una bambina che si è innamorata del linguaggio dicendo le prime parole, una bambina che ha avuto attrazione per la morte e la menzogna.
Un libro esilarante e di
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Nina Rapsodia
Jul 29, 2014 Nina Rapsodia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo
Recommended to Nina by: Nadie
Shelves: 2014
Los que me siguen desde los inicios del blog, saben que cuando cogí por primera vez un libro de Amélie Nothomb fue amor, puro amor. Esta mujer es de las autoras más originales que he leído, en el sentido que sus escritos autobiográficos demuestran su estilo tan hilarante y refinado y muestran su particular visión del mundo. Particularmente, en esta cortísima novela (no tiene más de 140 páginas) conoceremos los primeros momentos de un ser nacido para gobernar.



En 1967 en Kobe, Japón en el seno de
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Lukasz Pruski
Writers create worlds in their books. These worlds may be reflections of the real, physical world, but they do not have to be. The only constraint writers are subject to while creating these worlds is to make them internally consistent (and original and captivating, of course). Amelie Nothomb has created in her books a world in which a little child (in "The Character of Rain" the narrator is Amelie herself at the age between two and three) is fully developed intellectually and emotionally, able ...more
Arwen56

Spiazzante ‘sto libro. Lucidissimo ed onirico assieme. Porta l’eco di una di una civiltà, quella giapponese, che non è facile comprendere, ma di cui si intuiscono alcune motivazioni. E’ un piacere tutto “mentale” leggerlo, poiché l’emotività è completamente bandita. Sa giocare assai bene con le parole Amélie Nothomb, è indubbio.

Tuttavia il mio giudizio resta, come dire, sospeso. Mi è piaciuto per lo stile esatto, preciso con cui è stato scritto. Mi è piaciuto anche per i molti paradossi che vi
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Salam Ch
just finished the French version so currently reading the English version before the rating till now it s quite better :-)

this is the weirdest autobiography I ever read!! starting reading it in French with a tube a god and a vegetable what the hell !!! either am not understanding or this writer is hyper crazy couldn't tie anything together so I decided to finish the French version and read the English version coz I didnt want any idea or word to slip without looking deeply to it and she rocked m
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Núria
Tampoco no es un libro infumable (como sí que lo es 'Antichrista' de la misma autora), pero al cabo de un tiempo me di cuenta de que era un libro totalmente olvidable. Y al cabo de un poco más de tiempo me di cuenta de que toda la obra de Nothomb está escrita para que apreciemos lo especial y sobre todo lo sufrida que es la (pobre y especial) autora.

Nota: Quizás os habréis dado cuenta de que esta reseña es idéntica a la de 'Estupor y temblores'. Pero es que me parecen unas obras tan intranscend
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Lavinia
I certainly have no idea how much of it is fiction and how much real memories. I could argue about the impossibility of one remembering actual facts from birth till the 3rd birthday, but it's definitely not important and I can't expect everybody to have my poor memory. Anyway, she freely admits herself to be an ingenious liar, so...

I totally love this insane woman and I so needed this humorous book right now, I wish it worked as an anti-flu shot.
T4ncr3d1
Come per l'altra parte della sua biografia romanzata (Biografia della fame, che io ho accidentalmente letto prima, ma non è poi una grande tragedia), un senso di incomprensione e incompletezza pervade l'intera lettura di questo libro. Esattamente come la seconda parte, la Nothomb prende avvio da una singolare idea con cui traduce, a modo suo, i temi dell'esistenza umana, della conoscenza, dello sviluppo psicologico e del linguaggio, che dà il titolo al libro: la metafisica dei tubi. E proprio co ...more
Nick Klagge
I found reading this book to be a pretty unpleasant experience--surprising, as it was recommended by a good friend of mine.

The narrator is a child prodigy who goes from age 0 to age 3 in this book. I found her extremely unpleasant, and two main touchstones came to mind. One was Alia Atreides from the "Dune" novels, who is called "The Abomination" because she is born with the memories and mental capacities of an adult. The sense in which this is an "abomination" was left mostly tacit in the Dune
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Darius
This is a difficult book to describe. Put briefly, the novel attempts to capture the mind of an infant. It is occasionally engaging and sometimes witty, but is spoiled by numerous pseudo-philosophical musings. These supposed pearls of wisdom include the following:

"There isn't any point to remembering that which has no connection to pleasure". Really? No point in remembering your past mistakes, then?

"For children the only true pleasure lies in eating". Obviously no child enjoys playing in the par
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Roberta
Autocompiaciuta ed egocentrica (nonchè eccentrica) autobiografia, Metafisica dei tubi (dove tubi sta per "esseri umani" o ancora più semplicemente "esseri viventi") racconta la storia di Amélie dalla nascita fino ai tre anni.
Nata in Giappone a causa del lavoro di console del padre belga, Amélie vive il primo segmento della sua esistenza come tubo, o meglio pianta: un essere privo di qualsiasi reazioni, immerso nella coscienza del sè e perso per il mondo. Quando Amélie esce dallo stato di torpore
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Adelina Gabriela
Ca s-o citeşti pe Nothomb, trebuie să n-ai prejudecăţi şi să poţi trece de aroganţa personajelor ei pentru a realiza cât de bine sunt conturate. Totuşi, este primul roman al autoarei de origine belgiană pe care îl citesc şi are ca personaj principal un copil.
Şi nu orice copil. Amélie (că romanul se vrea a fi o autobiografie – nu m-am documentat, dar dacă ar fi, unii l-ar putea considera un act de supraapreciere al scriitoarei) are doi ani şi se consideră Dumnezeu. Ceea ce cred că facem cu toţii
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Marigorri
French is not my first language, nor my second. So the first times I started reading this I never got past page 17. For many months I ignored the book. Then a week ago I took it with me on the train and when I got home again I had reached page 57.

This is an amazing book, written from the point of view of a child between two-and-a-half and three years old, except for the first part of the book where the same child has a rather strange start in life which is told in third person (but still as muc
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Camilla Calvetti
Feb 11, 2012 Camilla Calvetti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Camilla by: Fernanda
Esta fue una nueva experiencia para mi. Amelie Nothomb es nueva en mi estante y como tal, me trajo muchos elementos nuevos. Una voz intensa, cautivadora y una historia singular acerca de tubos, personas y lugares.

Descubrir el mundo -descubrirse en el mundo- no es tarea sencilla y viene acompañada de un diálogo profundo, íntimo y abismante. Empiezan las preguntas, las respuestas, la lógica opera y a la vez todo escapa de cualquier esquema que una se haga en cuanto al entendimiento del contenido d
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Fernanda
¿Qué prefieres ser, un tubo - una carpa que engulle- o un vegetal que se pudre?

Este libro ha provocado sentimientos encontrados en mi. No estoy segura que tanto me ha gustado, pero puedo decir con seguridad que disfruté la mayor parte. Mis momentos favoritos eran cuando la pequeña Amélie analizaba el exterior y veía como la afectaba pues no podía controlarlo, pero había otras partes donde hablaba de todo su egocentrismo "infantil" que realmente me desesperaban.

Las ideas planteadas en la pequeña
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Sarah
Ein weiteres Buch von Amélie Nothomb, das ich genauso schnell ausgelesen habe wie die anderen. Ich finde ihren Schreibstil, ihre Art, Geschichten zu erzählen sehr speziell, aber auch unheimlich mitreißend und spannend.
Nachdem mich das letzte ihrer Bücher, das ich gelesen hatte, unsagbar wütend gemacht hat, fand ich dieses wieder nur sehr, sehr skuril.
Es geht um Amélie, die sich, bis sie zwei Jahre alt ist, als Röhre empfindet und deshalb auch nichts tut, was ein normales Kind in diesem Alter tun
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Yulia
I have to say, Nothomb's books fascinate me. It's best not to read them as memoirs, though she draws from her life, as she freely admits she loves to lie and doesn't care if she's believed. That said, this is the story of a child/God/tube from day one to shortly after her third birthday. From scrupulously debating within herself what should be her third spoken word to finally confessing to her parents she knows how to speak (complex thoughts in complex sentences), Nothomb's little creation bears ...more
Zei
Surprenant comme chaque Amélie Nothomb que je lis ou relis... Un délice de fantaisie et si léger à lire. Une lecture de vacances bien méritée après une période de stress ou d'abattement, Amélie Nothomb sait vraiment nous mettre le sourire aux lèvres avec désinvolture et délicatesse.
Ardesia
Fortunatamente è stata una lettura breve e veloce perché questa autobiografia romanzata mi ha stranito molto.
Il modo di scrivere della Nothomb ha una componente anomala che non riesco ad individuare; inizio un suo libro, non mi entusiasma, ma non riesco a smettere di leggerlo. La sua scrittura irriverente, piena di metafore e di esplosioni rivelatorie riesce a farmi sentire partecipe e crea in me quella sana curiosità di voltare pagina che ogni storia ben raccontata dovrebbe riuscire a suscitare
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Kitty-Wu
Bien, a mí creo que no es la niña la que me resulta antipática, sino directamente la autora. Creo que es el 5 o 6 libro que leo de Amélie-San, y es el que menos me ha gustado, y eso que el resto no me ha entusiasmado... ¿Qué tiene un universo muy original? Cierto, pero extremadamente pedante. Y además me parece que no aporta nada, que deja los libros a medias, y que "apunta maneras" pero nunca logra su objetivo. Aún así, hay pequeñas reflexiones muy interesantes, aunque a mi modo de ver, no just ...more
Simon
Already the one-line description "an autobiography from age 0-3" had me intrigued, but I wasn't prepared for the amount and level of philosophical thought, not to mention wit, which could be incorporated into what is essentially a 150-page toddler's internal monologue. Tweeness is avoided by having the child reason and express herself (in her own mind, if not to others) like an adult (a fairly sophisticated adult at that), which makes the contrast with her infantile emotional states and physical ...more
Heather
Wow--the most original work of fiction in 100 years of fiction. I usually don't review more than "a good beat, and I can dance to it," but this exploration of mind, self, and whether we are part of the world or separate from it makes the old existentialists seem like the children. The narrator/god explains her perception, from birth to age three. Will she have desires, or just be whole? The universe (Japan) embraces her, and those in tune with the universe understand that an act as simple as sav ...more
Elifcan
The book is one of its kind. while i was reading the book it was like i was also living it in my daily life. I didnt want it to be over. Her way of writing is very distinctive. She makes her criticsm on patriarchal society is the part I mostly enjoy reading
Jason
Not quite as good as the other Amélie Nothomb books I have read, but The Character of Rain is still excellent. It is a memoir of Nothomb's first three years of life, in Kobe Japan, with the conceit that she is a "god" which is what she says the Japanese treat all children as through the age of three. It begins with her as an essentially inanimate tube but then at two she becomes animate and quickly teaches herself to speak both French and Japanese fluently and to read, all by around two and a ha ...more
Lahierbaroja
A falta de una reseña... dos.

Me ha gustado, es muy interesante, os la recomiendo:

http://lahierbaroja.wordpress.com/201...

Me ha aburrido, es una pesadez, no se sostiene:

http://lahierbaroja.wordpress.com/201...


Una de esas historias que no recordaré de aquí a un año.
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Amélie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan to Belgian diplomats. She lived there until she was five years old, and then subsequently lived in China, New York, Bangladesh, Burma, a stint in Coventry and Laos.

She is from a distinguished Belgian political family; she is notably the grand-niece of Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, a Belgian foreign minister (1980-1981). Her first novel, Hygiène de l'assassin, wa
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