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  • Paperback
  • 202 pages
  • Il pleuvait des oiseaux
  • Jocelyne Saucier
  • French
  • 17 March 2015
  • 9782207116104

10 thoughts on “Il pleuvait des oiseaux

  1. Karen Karen says:

    I was completely captivated by this story Three elderly men who had chosen to live out the remainder of their lives in the forest with the right to live or die at their own choosing and with their dignity in place They have lived this way for awhile they each have their own cabins and they are all in their upper eightiesThe arrival of two pot farmers a female photographer and later an elderly woman change everythingJust read itThank you to Diane Barnes for bringing this book to my attentionA 2015 Canada Reads choice


  2. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    I'm giving this 5 stars because it was 160 pages of pure joy for me If you want a plot recap refer to the GoodReads description It is all of that and a little bit but it introduced me to a group of elderly men and one woman who were all endearing in their own particular way but were far from being stereotypical The Canadian wilderness was a major player here as well Throw in a little history of the brutal fires that swept through Ontario in the early 1900's a little mystery a perfect ending with just enough dangling threads to keep me wondering and all in all a great read Wonderfully offbeat This was a book club assignment from a Canadian member who likes to share her country's literature Great choice Marilyn


  3. Betsy Robinson Betsy Robinson says:

    I read this 155 page novel as slowly as I could and still it went too fast So now I will take a pause and then read it again fairly soonThere isn't much to say after reading this kind of beauty Mostly Thank you Thank you Jocelyne Saucier for writing it Rhonda Mullins for such a sensitive and delicate translation Thank you Diane Barnes for reviewing it thanks to her unknown book club for picking it so that she read it and shared it with me and other GoodreadersI wish I could read this for the first time again but that is impossible so I'll go on as Saucier's amazing characters do I'll sit on my couch and watch the words go by If you read this book you'll understand that line in a deeper way This book made me wish I were Canadian; what a wonderful selection for Canada Reads72720 UpdateI just reread this for my book club but really for myself I pored over every word It is impossible to read such elegance and beauty slowly enough What a masterpiece


  4. Cheri Cheri says:

    In which people go missing a death pact adds spice to life and the lure of the forest and of love makes life worth living The story seems far fetched but there are witnesses so its truth cannot be doubted To doubt it would be to deprive us of an improbable other world that offers refuge to special beings This is a story of three old men who chose to disappear into the forest It’s the story of three souls in love with freedom ‘Freedom is being able to choose your life’ ‘And your death’ That’s what Tom and Charlie would tell their visitor Between them they have lived almost two centuries Tom is eighty six years old and Charlie is three years They believe they have years left in them yet The third man can no longer speak He has just died Dead and buried Charlie would tell the visitor who would refuse to believe him so long had been the road to reach Boychuck Ted or Ed or Edward – the variations in the man’s first name and the tenuousness of his destiny will haunt the entire tale The visitor is a photographer who is as yet unnamed And love? Well we’ll have to wait for loveThe photographer wanders into this place as well as into this story in search of people who survived the Great Fires The above mentioned Boychuck she came in search of had lost his entire family in the Great Fire of 1916 a tragedy that trailed behind him a fire that remains the deadliest in Canadian history As time passes the photographer will become even a part of this story This is a beautifully shared story that is revealed slowly over 155 pages 161 pages on kindle It seems like the perfect read for these days where we all feel so isolated to spend time within these remote woods with so few people but an abundance of a uietly accepting love Many thanks to Betsy whose review prompted me to add this one and to all my other friends whose reviews further enhanced my desire to read this Betsy’s Review


  5. Antoinette Antoinette says:

    This novel is a priceless gem I love all types of books but I do think my favourites are character driven and this is one such novel“ This is a story of three old men who chose to disappear into the forest It’s the story of three souls in love with freedomFreedom is being able to choose your life And your death”This is a short novel filled to the brim with beautiful writing and translation and with people I won’t soon forget “Old” people for the most part with a lot of history in their back pocketsThe author’s dedication is to Marie Ange her aunt who is the inspiration for the female title character There are 2 short interviews with the author both easily obtained by googling that I found very enlighteningMy thanks to Betsy Robinson whose review prompted me to immediately download it from the libraryHighly recommend this book


  6. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    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 uniue 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 immediately It also counts for my 2018 CanadaAlaska reading goal Set in Ontario written by an author from uebec


  7. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    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 himShe 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 different reason and her visits and the unanticipated arrival of another older lady another escapee from the life she was living will change things for all Two pot growers are the only connection they have to the outside worldThis uiet novel the endearing characters and the beautiful descriptions of the natural setting made this a wonderful novelThere is to the story in such a small book it covers uite a bit and all of it is written in a heartfelt manner The story is uite poignant and the ending was unexpected but seemed fitting


  8. Friederike Knabe Friederike Knabe says:

    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 I read however the I was enjoying this unusual and touching story and the way the characters reveal themselves slowly and uite reluctantly Saucier writes with sensititvity and a sense of humor; the book's narrative structure is uite complex and we being surprised as we follow the different voices The author keeps surprising the reader with unexpected twists drawing us into the story A love story of an unusual kind a testament to living life to its fullest level of freedom and choice and enjoying every bit of it Intrigued? So you should beJocelyne Saucier's unnamed narrator gives us a few hints about the story upfront and returns from time to time It is a story In which people go missing a death pact adds spice to life and the lure of the forest and of love makes life worth living Three old men have disappeared into a forest and live their a kind of vagabond curmodgeon existence leaving everything or most of it behind A couple of younger guys bring supplies that are not available in the forest Each in their late eighties or their motto is Freedom is being able to choose your life And your death We wouldn't know much about these men at all were it not for a nosy photographer in her forties and a little old lady who also escapes from a life she hadn't chosen They both disturb the uiet life and the comfort routines of the old guys Actually we know from the outset that one of the threesome has already left this world yet he remains very much a presence and a mystery One topic to touch on that provides part of the backdrop and also the initial reason for the photographer to treck into the Northern Ontario hinterland the Great Fires that happened in that region in the early decades of the 20th century One of the old guys had survived one of them as a young boy and many rumors were being told about what happened to his life after that The photographer wants to know Saucier has a wonderful uiet often poetic and subtle way to tell her story Written in different voices each adding his or her own perspective and personality The result is an intricate portrait of strong spirited individuals and their community set against the background of the vast and wild landscape of the North Underlying it all is a most delightful and thought provoking meditation on aging and self determination And the raining birds of the title? One of the child survivors of the fire evoked her impression in this way It was raining birds she told her 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 feetJocelyne Saucier is an award winning Canadian author In its original French version published in 2011 the novel won several awards including the prestigous Prix des Cin Continents de la Francophonie Translated expertly by Rhonda Mullins Her translation was a finalist for the 2013 Governor General Awards for French to English translation


  9. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I was eager to read this uite 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 meThe 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 method Fires spread to communities around Black River; Matheson Kelso Nushka Irouois Falls Poruis Junction and Ra were obliterated both Homer and Monteith heavily damaged and separate fires burned around Cochrane Memories haunted those who survived A legend arose of a boy called Boychuck seen stumbling through smoldering flames some say clenching a bouuet of flowers What is fact? What is fiction? Having completed the story I am still not uite sure The heat from the fire was so intense that birds rained down from the sky Reading the book is to experience this fire In the novel a photographer at the end of the century is searching for the now elderly Boychuck Is he still alive? However this is only half of the story It is also about Marie Desneiges an elderly woman who escapes from an insane asylum having been incarcerated for sixty six years since she was sixteen This part of the story too begins on a groundwork of fact The author had an aunt named Marie Ange At sixteen she was put in an asylum just as Marie Desneiges of the story The author’s aunt died in the asylum What will be the fate of the fictive Marie Desneiges? This part of the story worked less well for me than that about the fire It reads as a fairy taleSelf determination over both one’s life and one’s death is the central theme Also ageing and self expression through art And a love storyI do not like the ending I was left both confused and surprised Too fanciful and too unclear It is not simply open ended; it is confusing The book is translated from French to English by Rhonda Mullins I marvel at her ability to make the text flow so well so lyrically so beautifully Parts reads as prose poetry It does not in the least feel translated She artfully and for pronounced symbolism leaves some words untranslated—such as characters’ namesAnn Noble Kathleen Gati Kimberly Farr Bo Foxworth and Robertson Dean narrate the audiobook very very well The different natators do not take different chapters; each one instead personifies a different character Each narrator does an excellent job of intoning “their” character Four stars for the narrationThere is no author’s note clarifying what is fact and what fiction


  10. Wanda Wanda says:

    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 fire The elderly aunt has spent the vast majority of her life in an institution for the mentally ill and her nephew knowing that there is freedom available out in the woods spins a tale for the authorities and drives her out into the forest For me this book was an exploration of dependence versus independence our human need for companionship and the desire to choose life on one’s own terms Several of my own elderly friends have told me how invisible they feel as they grow older “Younger people stop seeing you at some point and it’s hard to get service in stores or get answers to uestions” one of them told me In North America we have adopted a very youth focused culture and we no longer honour our elderly citizens choosing instead to warehouse them in seniors’ centres and hospitals It is such as shame as my older friends have so much experience to draw on and wisdom to impart It has been a painful experience to see them declining losing their independence and their memories finding it difficult to visit with them as the months progressThe nature of art is explored through the paintings of Ted the recently deceased member of the original three men as well as through the work of the photographer whose name we never learn It is during one of the photographer’s interviews with a survivor of the great fire that we hear the phrase that gives this novel its poetic title The translator did a superb job—it did not feel like a translation at all


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About the Author: Jocelyne Saucier

Jocelyne Saucier born in Clair New Brunswick is a Canadian novelist and journalist based in uebecEducated in political science at the Université Laval Saucier worked as a journalist in the Abitibi Témiscamingue region of uebec before publishing her debut novel La Vie comme une image in That book was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for French language fiction at the.