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Il pleuvait des oiseaux

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,674 ratings  ·  406 reviews
Une photographe du Herald Tribune part réaliser un reportage sur la région québécoise du Témiscamingue, dont les forêts ont été ravagées par de gigantesques incendies au début du XXe siècle. Elle y trouve une communauté de marginaux fantasques et solitaires, dont Tom et Charlie, deux vieillards qui ont survécu à l'incendie et vivent en ermites au fond des bois. D'abord méf ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published August 22nd 2013 by Denoël (first published 2011)
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E Williams Old people have sex. BOOM.

Also, the right to die/self-determination. And the questions it raises about how people who get labeled as mentally ill have…more
Old people have sex. BOOM.

Also, the right to die/self-determination. And the questions it raises about how people who get labeled as mentally ill have a lot to contribute and don't deserve the boxes into which they are shoved.

There's three barriers right there.(less)
Jim Puskas Not really, because the central themes are universal. But it may be a bit more difficult for a younger person to truly appreciate the innate value of…moreNot really, because the central themes are universal. But it may be a bit more difficult for a younger person to truly appreciate the innate value of life and view the hovering presence of death in quite the same way as the very old characters in this story.(less)

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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 survivors of the "Great Fires" in northern Ontario in the early 20th century. It is told in a unique style and focuses on single characters as the story develops, with surprises throughout. Art, love, life.

Lauren W. discussed this on Episode 123 of the Reading Envy Podcast, and I wanted to read it immedi
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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 finalist in Canada's annual book competition, CANADA READS. The more I read, however, the more I was enjoying this unusual and touching story and the way the characters reveal themselves slowly and quite reluctantly. Saucier writes with sensititvity and a sense of humor; the book's narrative structure is ...more
Diane S ☔
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 many places at once, helping people, saving a few and standing in the water with a bunch of flowers. They called him Boychuck and she wants to find him.

She finds him living in the woods with two other men, each living in their own cabin and living life on their own terms. They are each there for differ
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Nika
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Важко оцінити її об'єктивно, бо дуже триггерна книга. Але прекрасна основа - така клаптиковість всіх героїв, вони всі й дають одну картину. Ти не знаєш їх до кінця, невідома повністю їх історія (хто і як прийшов на дику територію), але цього достатньо. Достатньо, щоб звикнути до них і спробувати зрозуміти.
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 also have an affinity for everything French, liking the culture as I do. French Canadian, as in this case, or French French, doesn’t matter to me.

The book deals with an incendiary storm, here the great 1916 Matheson Fire in northern Ontario. Settlers in the region cleared land using the slash and burn me
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Viv JM
A group of three elderly men are living out their remaining days cut off from civilisation in a remote forest location, their only contact with the outside world a nearby cannabis farmer. Things change with the arrival of two women - one is a photographer with an interest in the survivors of the forest fires of the early 1900s, and the other is the elderly aunt of one of the pot growers who has spent her life locked away in psychiatric institutions.

This book takes a thoughtful and empathetic lo
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Wanda
Who among us hasn’t fantasized from time to time about escaping the rat-race and hiding away in the wilderness? This was a beautifully written tale of three older men who had done just that, supported by two younger guys who are growing marijuana out in that same wilderness. It is also about the disruption that occurs when two women enter the picture, one of them the elderly aunt of one of the pot-growers, the other a photographer searching for people who survived an enormous historic forest fir ...more
María
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
" Esta es la historia de tres ancianos que eligieron desaparecer en el bosque, de tres seres prendados de la libertad.
-La libertad es poder elegir tu vida.
-Y tu muerte."
Sub_zero
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2018
Bien sea por preferencias inconscientes o por una cuestión de mera estadística, lo cierto es que a lo largo de mi vida he consumido mucha más novela de formación o «Bildungsroman» que historias protagonizadas por personajes de edad avanzada. Y llovieron pájaros, de la escritora canadiense Jocelyne Saucier, es una afortunada excepción a esa tendencia de buscar héroes literarios que solo rebosan inexperiencia y lozanía. Al fin y al cabo, tal y como nos demuestra Saucier en esta acogedora y reconfo ...more
Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺
"The whims of a fire cannot be explained. it can climb the highest peaks, rip the blue from the sky, spread in a reddish glow, swelling, whistling – good god, it can leap onto anything that lives, jump from shore to shore, plunge into ravines soggy with water, devour peatlands, but leave a cow grazing in a circle of grass. What is there to understand? Fire, when it achieves this power, obeys no one but itself."


The author John Gardner famously declared that there are only two plots in all of li
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Doug H
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Artfully presented. Slowly and carefully built. I wasn't as impressed with the main storyline about the character of Ted Boychuck and The Great Fires as I was with the quiet love story of Charlie and Marie-Desneige, but it all fits together nicely and those interested in Canadian history might get more out of the Great Fires content than I did.

The final 50 pages are genius and should be read in one sitting and the ending is beautiful without being overly-tidy. I wasn't sure I was loving it unti
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Ann
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm so happy that this book came to my attention through Canada Reads. I loved Ru, the book that won, but this too is a worthy contender.

It is the marvelous story of a couple of octogenarians who have escaped society and it's expectations about their lives. Tom and Charlie are living life on their own terms in cabins in northern Ontario. One of their cohorts, Ted, has just passed away.

Their mostly self-sufficient lifestyles made me think about what it means to live. They do have some help, thoug
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Czarny Pies
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: English Canadians
I recommend this very sweet but cock-eyed love story to all English Canadians especially to those living on Highway 11 north of Barrie.

The book deals with the survivors of Matheson's Great Fire of 1917. The heat was so intense from this fire that it killed the birds in the air who rained down on the ground below. Two lovers are separated in this fire but are reunited many years later when they are both very old.

This novel reminds me of Pietro Mascagini's charming opera L'Amico Fritz about two Al
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Krista
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, can-con
It was raining birds. When the wind came up and covered the sky with a dome of black smoke, the air was in short supply, and you couldn't breathe for the heat and the smoke, neither the people nor the birds, and they fell like rain at our feet.

And the Birds Rained Down is a small and quiet book, but it captures a bit of magic nonetheless. It reminded me of a Group of Seven painting put into words, by way of Margret Atwood's Survival: a classical interpretation of Canada, made modern. As author
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Salma  Mohaimeed
هنا رأيت "كندا" ترتدي جِلْباب السلم الأنيق ، تناشد السكينة في غابة قصية وترجو الموت !
Chihoe Ho
A quiet and unflinching look at the freedom of living on one's own terms, "And the Birds Rained Down" has plenty of wisdom to offer readers. Besides having a peculiar plot that is as mysterious as it is romantic, it also reads quite like a stage play with a third-person narrator introducing each unique character-centered or topical chapter.

The story feels generations and lands apart from where I am at this point in life, and so there was discordance with what I wanted to take away from it to wha
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Jim Puskas
A truly beautiful piece of work. So much has been written and said about this book, not least of it during the live televised Canada Reads debates. Of the five finalists that year, I personally love this one the best.
It is in every sense a celebration of life:; a stolen life reclaimed after sixty years of unspeakable injustice; lives grasped uncompromisingly by two old men on their own terms; life arising out of fire and ashes, re-created by a set of paintings even after the artist had died; lif
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Lese lust
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Etwa 2,8 Sterne

Ein Buch über das selbst bestimmte Leben und vor allem Sterben dreier alter Männer, die sich in die Wälder zurück gezogen haben. Dazu ein wenig Geschichte - die großen Brände - ein Rätsel. .. und eine späte Liebe.

Die Stimmung, die das Buch trägt, ist sehr einnehmend, Einfachheit, Echtheit, große, treue Freundschaft. Die Schilderungen vom idyllischen Leben in und mit der Natur
waren mir alles in allem aber dann doch eine Spur zu idyllisch, auch die Liebesgeschichte (n) hinterließe
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Wilja
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary Soderstrom
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not a long book,but it is filled with vivid scenes, intricate relationships, a couple of mysteries and a love story that gives hope to anyone who feels time at his or her back. Saucier says she started doing research on the great fires that swept northern Ontario, Minnesota and parts of Manitoba 100 years ago. Between 1910 and 1920 thousands of square kilometers were burned by wildfires started as mining, logging and settlement moved into formerly lightly settled country. Saucier's heroi ...more
Icewineanne
Three old men who decided to disappear from their mainstream lives, are found hiding out in Northern Ontario cut-off from mainstream society by a female journalist who has been searching for one of them to do a story on his life. The men have been missing for years, and presumed dead, but the journalist had her doubts. Then another woman who is also running away from her life at an old folks home, finds their settlement & decides to stay with them.
This book is a meditation on life, survival
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Bettie☯
May 09, 2015 marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Wanda
The elderly pot-growing in the remote forest - what a GREAT storyline. If only we could all do that.

Oh! wait up...
Aleshanee
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
Die erste Hälfte fand ich gut, dann ist es etwas abgedriftet ... ich hätte mir da noch etwas mehr gewünscht, denn die Charaktere und die Botschaft über das Älterwerden fand ich sehr gut!
HomeInMyShoes
Such a beautifully written book.
Nicole
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dies ist die Geschichte von drei alten Männern, die sich in die nordkanadischen Wälder zurückgezogen haben. Von drei Männern, die die Freiheit lieben. Eines Tages aber ist es mit ihrer Einsiedelei vorbei. Zuerst stößt eine Fotografin zu ihnen, sie sucht nach einem der letzten Überlebenden der Großen Brände, einem gewissen Boychuck. Kurze Zeit später taucht Marie-Desneiges auf, eine eigensinnige, zierliche Dame von achtzig Jahren. Die Frauen bleiben. Und während sie dem Rätsel um Boychucks Überle ...more
Eliska
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tento krásný a skvěle napsaný příběh plný poetiky, drsných osudů lidí a častých hovorů o smrti, která jako by vykukovala a byla stále někde přítomna, je vlastně oslavou života. Života s možností volby, života, jehož naplnění i konec si člověk svobodně zvolí sám, nového života vstávajícího z popela i znovunabytého nespravedlivě ukradeného života. Příběh vypráví tedy hlavně o tom, že život se má žít a ne promarnit, že láska se nijak neomezuje věkem a že smrt: „Ta pořád obchází kolem. Ze smrti si n ...more
yvonnelesenundso
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lesenswertes Buch übergroße Themen wie Freiheit, Toleranz, die Liebe und den Tod.
"Zum Glücklichsein braucht man nicht viel, man muss es nur wollen".
Anastasia Owlbooksreviews
4,5/5

Прекрасна книга! Якби не один маленький момент, без вагань поставила б 5.

Радитиму кожному!
Paige
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5

This short read (under 200 pages) took me over two weeks to finish. A huge part of that can be attributed to the fact that I started school two weeks ago and recreational reading quickly got cut back in the overwhelm of a new semester. Still, though, this book wasn't really pulling at me.

After I could devote some time to it, I got through it very quickly indeed. It took a little getting into, but it was worth it. It felt like a very long short story or a novella instead of a novel. The writin
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Jennifer
what a beautiful, compelling story. there is a quietness to this novel that i really enjoyed. saucier gives us some very difficult subjects - aging and the right to determine or control one's own death; living with mental health challenges; an historic tragedy and its aftermath; love & family; living one's own life. for a near wisp of a book (154 pages), a lot of ground is covered. my only hesitations in giving this 5-stars is because i found some things repeated - in some cases, full senten ...more
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Jocelyne Saucier (born 1948 in Clair, New Brunswick) is a Canadian novelist and journalist based in Quebec.

Educated in political science at the Université Laval, Saucier worked as a journalist in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec before publishing her debut novel, La Vie comme une image, in 1996. That book was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for French-language fiction at the
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“They had left behind lives they had closed the door on. No desire to go back to them, no desire other than to get up in the morning with the feeling of having a day all to themselves and no one to find fault with that.” 1 likes
“A smile for death is the final courtesy.” 1 likes
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