The Character of Rain

A Novel

Amelie Nothomb

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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.

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“Nothomb potently distills from the state of infancy the intensity of beginnings, the precariousness, the trailed clouds of glory...that grow indistinct as childhood approaches.”--Richard Eder, The New York Times

“Witty and original. Perhaps the best yet from one of Europe’s finest young writers.”--Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Fear and Trembling

“Elegantly written, Nothomb demonstrates a shrewd understanding of the intricate ways Japanese relationships are made and spoiled.”--The New York Times Book Review

“Nothomb updates the age-old divide between East and West in this delectable little book.”--O Magazine

“Amélie Nothomb adds humor, the ingredient most often missing in other writers from France of her generation, the ingredient most difficult to translate.--The Los Angeles Times

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Amelie Nothomb

Belgian by nationality, Amélie Nothomb was born in Kobe, Japan, and currently lives in Paris. She is the author of eight novels, translated into fourteen languages, including most recently Fear and Trembling which won the Grand Prix of the Académie Française and the Prix Internet du Livre.

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The Character of Rain
A Novel
Amelie Nothomb

Trade Paperback

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312302481
ISBN10: 0312302487
5 x 7 1/2 inches, 144 pages
$14.99

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April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429978965
ISBN10: 1429978961
176 pages
$9.99
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