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The Small Rain

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

    Subtle and Moving

    Madeleine L'Engle's 'The Small Rain' treads quietly and respectfully through the life of Katherine Forrester, a young piano prodigy, as she grows from a child into woman. It is a poignant introspection into the life of an artist, very similar yet very different from Potok's masterpiece 'My Name Is Asher Lev.' Both Potok and L'Engle take careful precautions to ground larger-than-life characters among the twisting affairs of Man. Katherine is neither a victim nor a hero. She has the capacity for great evil and greater good, but chooses neither. L'Engle stays true to Katherine's vacillating emotions, her artist's stubbornness, and lofty hopes.
    Overall, this book reads like a sleeper hit, a classic. Anyone with a desire to understand the passion and pain of an artist's lifestyle should read 'A Small Rain.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2005

    Astounding and Touching

    This must be one of my favorite books of all time. The story is so touching and has such language that one can feel the joy and pain along with the book. As a piano student myself, I can relate to Katherine's problems a lot, and find some echoes of her story in my life. For that reason, this makes the Small Rain a spectacular read and is highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Strangely unique, but absolutely beautiful!!!

    This book is wonderful & is so truthful. It really lets the reader understand how Katherine Forrester, the main character, feels and has this way of making you feel somehow attached to Katherine. It is also suspenseful; it keeps the reader constantly wondering what the results of the many daily trials Katherine faces. It is just so beautiful and is one of my favorite L'Engle novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2001

    Just Cannot Say Enough

    The Small Rain tells the growing up story of a young woman, Katherine Forrester, who's story begins at an early age of innocence and ignorance and follows her life to where she becomes a young adult, fully aware of her sourroundings and what she wants. The harsh lessons of childhood - death, first love, mistrust of best friends, and understanding of the real world - are not unaccostomed to finding themselves planted in Katherine's heart. But as she grows older, Katherine must learn to deal with and except them. Her devotion to the piano only makes the novel more so dramatic. And the teacher she comes to love will set the future for her entire life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2001

    fantastic novel

    this has become one of my favorite books. the characters in it really come to life and you are easily brought to love them and the stuggles they go through. i however don't recommend the follow-up to this book-A Severed Wasp, it's a completely different kind of book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2001

    a touching novel

    This was not my first Madeleine L'Engle book, but it is certainly my favorite. Though it was her first novel, it is beautifully writen in a spirited and poetic style. The characters are portrayed realistically, and the situations are remarkably familiar. The story of Katherine Forrester is enchanting, and, in many cases, reflective of Madeleine L'Engle's own life. The ending is terribly sad and certainly disappointing from the realistic point of view, though when you can step back from it is also very uplifting and hopeful. I didn't want this beautiful story to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    A Fantastic Novel for Those That Love The Arts

    I did not want this book to end. I became so involved in the characters, they became a part of me during the time I was reading it. I rarely become enthralled in a book, like I did this one.

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