The Rain Watcher
I will start with the tree. Because everything begins, and ends, with the tree.
When this novel finds its way into your hands, you very well could be basking in a sunny or warm locale, but it won’t make a bit of difference. Cracking this cover guarantees reality will fade into the background as the transportive nature of Tatiana de Rosnay’s words take over. She’ll land you smack dab in the heart of Paris during a run of gloomy and wet weather. Chic slickers and umbrellas are no match for the ...more
....I’m absolutely glad I read it. I definitely recommend it. TRUTH IS I LIKED IT A LOT.....( gorgeous writing and vivid descriptive experiences - a very interesting story - with characters to cozy up with and become intimate rather quickly).
There are some problems however:
.....incomplete tale-add-ins....stories got dropped off. Some never got developed-barley off the ground- or they interrupted the flow of the greater issues pressing.
A gathering in Paris. A reunion of the Malegarde family. A time not only to celebrate but hopefully repair a fractured family. Paul and Lauren have two landmark events to celebrate. Pauls’70th birthday as well as their 40th wedding anniversary. Children Linden and sister Tilia arrive in Paris for the festivities, having left their own loved ones at home.
This intimate party is strictly for the immediate family. Just the four of them.
This is a book of closely-held family secrets and desperati ...more
The Malegarde family arrives in Paris to celebrate both their Parent’s Anniversary and their Father’s 70th Birthday, during what is a tumultuous time for their family and Paris. The Seine River is flooding, due to the unrelenting rain.
I close my eyes and hear the pounding rain and see the Seine, rising up, up and over.
Linden Malegarde is a photographer. He arrives in Paris to meet his mother Lauren, his father Paul and his sister Tilda. His emotions, like the rain are ...more
How to begin to describe the fear and the sense of loss and bereavement shared ...more
From the first page of this story, I felt as if I was transported into the rain drenched city of Paris, France. The pitter-pattering of the rain against windows, the splashing through endless puddles, the droplets of rain dripping from umbrellas, the constant measure of the waters’ rise. I was entranced by the intensity and beauty of the atmosphere of this novel. The scenes felt so real and vivid that my imagination didn’t have to do much work at all.
This novel follows Lind ...more
“I will start with the tree. Because everything starts and ends with the tree.”
Just as Linden’s story begins and ends with a tree, so does this book... The perfect and very telling first line to this wonderful story.... a story told solely from the POV of Linden.... A charming young man, who has struggled throughout his life to find acceptance of Who he is... not only from others, but from himself! The themes in this book ar ...more
The Malegarde family has gathered in Paris to celebrate the birthday of the father of the family. At the same time, a natural disaster is looming, and as it occurs, the family’s hidden secrets are exposed as the rain continues to fall and flood the city.
The voice of the story is Linden Malegarde, a young photographer. What an interesting and astute voice he has. The Malegardes have grown apart over the years, but they are not acknowledg ...more
A family comes together to celebrate the father’s birthday and the parents’ anniversary. They meet in Paris, during an unreal rainstorm that is causing Paris to flood in a way it hasn’t since 1910. The celebration would probably have been problematic even without the rain and various health problems. This is not a close, loving family. Everyone has issues. To say their relationships are complicated is probably an understatement. But the weather provides the perfect background to the underlying s ...more
”As long as I remember
The rain's been comin' down
Clouds of mystery pourin'
Confusion on the ground
“Still the rain kept pourin'
Fallin' on my ears
And I wonder, still I wonder
Who'll stop the rain?”
--Who'll Stop the Rain, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Songwriters: Glenn Gregory / Ian Marsh / Martyn Ware
”I will start with the tree. Because everything begins, and ends, with the tree. The tree is the tallest one. It was planted way before the others. I’m not sure how old it is, exactly. Perh ...more
THE RAIN WATCHER is a perplexing read that, at times, felt disjointed because intermingled throughout the story are tidbits about trees, but I soon found.....
Everything here begins and ends with a tree....an ancient and powerful tree....a tree that has seen many secrets over its 300+ years of existence. This clever tree is not afraid and likes to pretend it's dead. Trees are very important to life....as you will see.
This story, simply stated, is ab...more
The Malegarde family has set its site on Paris for a private celebration of Lauren and Paul's 40th wedding anniversary and Paul's 70th birthday. Daughter Tilia and son Linden are told to leave their significant others at home. It was expected to be just a small gathering of the four.
And the rain that fell upon the City of Light that weekend was never forecast to be so all-encompassing either. The trickling drops quickly turned into rivet ...more
While the book focused on the complicated relationships Linden had with each family member, there was this simplicity to the novel I really ...more
A family re-union/celebration in Paris is interrupted by a force of nature. The torrential rain is not letting up and the Seine River is rising.
The Malegarde family find themselves trapped in a flooded city and the celebration they were looking forward to takes a tragic turn and they now face a devastating loss. The background of the gloomy, ominous weather adds to the atmospheric setting.
As the family deals with loss, past secrets and regret surface. They are revealed slowly and the family dy ...more
I was a big fan of Sarah’s Key. I still remember the first time I read it. This book is quite different from Sarah’s Key, but no less immaculate. I am so thrilled to share this beautiful ...more
The story takes place in Paris during a major flood and one of the most important things the reader takes away from it is the rain. It rains for the entire book, the Seine floods and, worst of all, the water rises from under the city swamping the Metro and forcing sewage and rats up out of the drains.
In an effort to be totally transparent, I must confess that it took me several attempts to get past the first chapter. However, I was definitely in the mood to give The Rain Watcher the attention it deserves. As per usual, Tatiana de Rosnay takes readers to her familiar stomping grounds to the streets of Paris, as the Seine waters rise and one modern family comes under the microscope. By the time I reached the end, I felt satisfi ...more
From the author of Sarah's Key, de Rosnay weaves a tale full of family secrets. As the rain rises throughout Paris, so does the tension within the family. Sibling spats, unspoken hurts and anger, revelations from the past and a d ...more
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Today, I am reviewing Tatiana de Rosnay's newest book entitled, The Rain Watcher. I loved her book Sarah's Key, was not a fan of her book A Secret Kept and now with this one, I am somewhere in the middle.
One's family is the cornerstone of who they are. They are the ones who planted seeds within yourself that when nurtured grow to produce a good person. The Malegarde family comes together to celebrate their father's seventieth ...more
Let's start with the weather. Paris is experiencing torrential rains--what will happen when, not if, the Seine reaches historic flood levels? Is this the result of global warming and spreading development or is it just nature expressing its supremacy over man?
The father, Paul Malegarde, is a French arborist, who travels around the w ...more
This is such a hard review for me to write. I fell headlong in love with de Rosnay’s earlier work, ‘Sarah's Key’, and was anticipating a similar experience with her newest book, ‘The Rain Watcher’. Alas, this book was not a repeat performance for me. I think that if I had to sum up this book in one word, it would be ‘dreary’.
Like ‘‘Sarah's Key’, this book is principally set in Paris, but the comparisons end there. This is mainly contemporary fiction about how a flood of the hist ...more
Our narrator is Linden, a successful photographer living in San Francisco. He will meet his older sister, Tilia and his parents Paul and Lauren in Paris for Paul’s 70th birthday. Paul is an internationally known arborist and he tends the trees that have been on his family ...more
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The Rain Watcher is a moving, beautiful portrayal of a city in turmoil and a family struggling to understand, accept, and outwardly show compassion and love for each other.
The writing is impassioned and eloquent. The characters are empathetic, distressed, and genuine. And the plot is a mesmeric, foreboding tale set both in the present day and mid-1900s about life, loss, love, family dynamics, secrets, determination, hope, sacrifice, and the desolation and dest ...more
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"The Rain Watcher"
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The tree is not like the others. It has its own rhythm. Spring starts later for it, while all the others are already blossoming. Come late April, the new oval leaves sprout slowly, on the top and middle branches only. Otherwise, it looks dead. Gnarled, gray, and withered. It likes to pretend to be dead. That's how clever it is. Then, suddenly, like a huge explosion, all the buds flourish. The tree triumphs with its pale green crowns.”