The Character of Rain: A Novel

by Amelie Nothomb | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0312302487 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingelizardbreathwing of Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on 10/22/2008
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingelizardbreathwing from Bella Vista, Arkansas USA on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Received in a trade from Pendleton Book Company in Pendleton, Oregon, USA.

Journal Entry 2 by wingelizardbreathwing at Controlled Release, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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Sending to lukutuoli as a wishlist surprise. Enjoy!

To the finder of this book:

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Journal Entry 3 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, November 7, 2008
What a great surprise, thank you so much, elizardbreath!!! Nothomb has been my very favourite writer during the last years and you couldn't have chosen any other book, I'd be so happy to receive ! I'm happy :)) This book won't be in TBR-shelf for a long time...
Happy Holidays to you, elizardbreath, too!

Journal Entry 4 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, December 12, 2008
This was an exciting novel, I thoroughly enjoyed it! The novel offered an interesting wiew to Japanese culture as well as to childhood. It wasn't as absurd and surrealistic as 'The Stranger Next Door' by the same writer, which still remains my favourite of Nothomb's books, but I liked the way Nothomb uses humor in this novel, too.
I'll offer this book as a bookring in Finland, because I know, that there are many other friends of Nothomb among bookcrossers!

Finnish bookring (edit 13.01.2009):

-AgdaAgulina (Helsinki/Praha)
-Chania (Kokkola)
-Tarna (Tampere)
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-->takaisin lukutuolille (Tampere)

Journal Entry 5 by winglukutuoliwing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, December 19, 2008

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AgdaAgulina stays in Finland in December, so I'll post the book to Helsinki. Enjoy!





Journal Entry 6 by AgdaAgulina from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Oh what a perfect timing! The book arrived today, on my first whole day in Finland again - just before Christmas and all those days of reading ahead! Thank you lukutuoli!

Journal Entry 7 by AgdaAgulina from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Saturday, January 3, 2009
What lovely book, already from the cover! This author was unknown to me before, but something tempted me on The Character of Rain and I really enjoyed it. It was an interesting read, at first I felt distant to her way of writing, even bit annoyed, but got on with it more and more - and then it ended already, much too soon!

It was also very inspiring book. Sentences caught me here and there, layers in different ways. A box of memories from my own childhood also opened while reading this - I was same time spending time in my childhood home with my parents. And how far have I actually got?

Thank you very much lukutuoli for sharing this experience! Something about even thinking of this book now makes me smile and feel sweet, but bit bittersweet as well.

Journal Entry 8 by AgdaAgulina at on Tuesday, January 13, 2009

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The book was sent to Chania today! Enjoy!

Journal Entry 9 by wingChaniawing from Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Thank you AgdaAgulina and Lukutuoli for making all sorts of book-sending-arrangemetns for me! And thank you for this book! I will read it soonish and add it to one of the challenges (6 continents, 6 countries, 6 books)I'm joining. I will then send the book to Tarna.

Journal Entry 10 by wingChaniawing from Kokkola, Keski-Pohjanmaa / Mellersta Österbotten Finland on Thursday, January 22, 2009
Lovely book! I enjoyed it a lot; beautiful language and brilliant way of telling the readers about writer's childhood. The writer described the omnipotence most small children have at some stage of their developement (but not at this extent, I suppose)very in a very clever way.

I'll send the book to Tarna next. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 11 by Tarna from Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, January 29, 2009
Went home today to pick up the mail — and there it was, lying on the floor and waiting... Thanks, Chania! Also for the summery postcard. Beautiful flowers and a butterfly... So lovely! :)

Journal Entry 12 by Tarna from Pirkkala, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Saturday, February 7, 2009
Oh dear, am I really going to be the contrarian, once again? I’m afraid so. But first things first.

I like the language and the beautiful sentences Amélie Nothomb writes. Plus the humour, I really enjoyed it.
But...somehow she overdid it. The narrator reminded me of Peter Urd in Yksinäinen vuori by Maarit Verronen. They are both so outstanding, übermensch-like protagonists. It’s a bit too much for me. I must confess I agree with Caroline McGinn; Nothomb’s “deadpan expression becomes iredeemably po-faced” here and there.
To sum it up, I’d say that The Character of Rain is easy read and pretty enjoyable but sometimes a bit boring and, hopefully, not one of Nothomb’s best works. Reading experience was mostly fun, however.
Thanks for sharing, lukutuoli! You’ll get the book back in our next meet-up, I think.

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2009 KTMC #10

Journal Entry 13 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Nothomb has returned to me in our local BC-meeting tonight, thanks! This book will stay with me for a while...

Journal Entry 14 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, March 26, 2009
Chrisim has asked to read this book, reserved for her. I'll take the book with me to our next BC-meeting.

Journal Entry 15 by winglukutuoliwing at A BookCrosser, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Friday, June 12, 2009

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Finally I had a chance to meet chrisim, gave this book to her in a meeting. I would like to have this book back later, because I have a special plan for it in the future.




Journal Entry 16 by chrisim from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Friday, June 12, 2009
I met lukutuoli today in a meeting and she had reserved this book for me. Thank you! I love Nothomb's books too.

Edit 10/2009 This was an interesting an enjoyable reading experience. At first I didn't get in but then the brilliance of the plot opened to me. Glimpses of Japanese culture and history were fascinating and they had perfect connection to this story. I loved most the part where the Child "learned" to speak and when dropping her first, second, third and so on words. Opinion about the carrot pure was also funny and being of course true! My own daughter will soon turn two years and it has yet been and will be interesting to follow her development. What is also interesting to learn from her is what excactly will be her earliest memory.

Journal Entry 17 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We met with Chrisim in our local BC-meeting tonight and the book returned back to me.

Journal Entry 18 by winglukutuoliwing at Book Relay, A Book Relay -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, October 8, 2009

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VeganMedusa had this book on the wishlist, so Nothomb will next travel to New Zealand!




Journal Entry 19 by VeganMedusa from Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thanks, lukutuoli!

Journal Entry 20 by VeganMedusa from Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Thursday, February 11, 2010
Another great (and funny) read by Nothomb. I look forward to reading more. I enjoyed this as much as Fear and Trembling, possibly even more.
Going to azuki next.

Journal Entry 21 by VeganMedusa from Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Sunday, February 14, 2010
Travelling to azuki.

Journal Entry 22 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thanks for this generous RABCK, vegan.
I discovered Amélie Nothomb a few years back in a bookring, but somehow my local library doesn't seem to like her, for while we havea good collection we don't have her books. I am therefore very glad to receive this.

Journal Entry 23 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, February 24, 2015
What an interesting read!! At first I didn't quite get into the story, but once the protagonist starts to become more a child, it gets very interesting. I wonder if young child really thinks like that. I have to confess I don't quite remember. A really original tale not like any other I've read.

Journal Entry 24 by wingAzukiwing at Brunch Club & Supper (OBCZ) in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai Hong Kong on Monday, March 2, 2015

Released 6 yrs ago (3/2/2015 UTC) at Brunch Club & Supper (OBCZ) in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai Hong Kong

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Left on bookshelf.

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Journal Entry 25 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Picked this up from the OBCZ, couldn't resist as I have been wanting to read something by Amélie Nothomb for a while. I have started reading a bit of it on the way back in the metro/train, so far I think it is strange but interesting. Looking forward to read the rest.
Love that this is such a well traveled book!

Journal Entry 26 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Friday, April 17, 2015
I finished this some time ago and quite enjoyed it. An interesting idea.. how as a child you believe you are god/omnipotent. Don't think I have read it anywhere else before, so it amused me to find this concept mentioned in another book I recently finished (The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman).
It was interesting to read about the author's childhood in Japan, though I am amazed she could remember that much from such a young age. I also liked the (dryly humorous) writing style.

Journal Entry 27 by Tsjara at Assendelft, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Now on its way to chawoso (for the Women in Fiction VBB).
Happy reading!

Journal Entry 28 by wingchawosowing at Heusenstamm, Hessen Germany on Friday, May 22, 2015
... just arrived!

Thanks for the accompaning "cupcake" and the postcard. I will do my very best to finish it ;-)

An intriguing read!

Journal Entry 29 by wingchawosowing at Haus der Jugend - BC Convention 2019 in Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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... will befounf at the book buffet

Happy reading!

Journal Entry 30 by Forti at Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany on Friday, April 26, 2019
Sounds interesting!
Wow! This book already traveled the world :-)

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