Rain Author Kirsty Gunn review ´ 5

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Rain Author Kirsty Gunn review ´ 5 ✓ Twelve year old Janey and her younger brother Jim spend summers at a lake with their parents Ignored for long stretches and then called upon suddenly to mix drinks or receive drunken kisses the children huddle together in tender compulsive closeness Nourished only by their devotion to one another the two filDrinks or receive drunken kisses the children huddle together in tender compulsive closeness Nourished only by their devotion to one another the two fill t. It is rare for me to choose a book at random and really enjoy it Though the plot is not overly deep the language in this book is beautiful and poetic The relationship between siblings in this novice author's debut is touching in a co dependent sort of way and much in contrast to that between the children and adults As uick as it is the book is about 90 pages long RAIN is memorable to say the least I look forward to reading other books by Kirsty Gunn

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Rain Author Kirsty GuTwelve year old Janey and her younger brother Jim spend summers at a lake with their parents Ignored for long stretches and then called upon suddenly to mix. spoilers ahead please be warnedPublished in 1994 and adapted into a New Zealand film in 2001 Rain is the literary debut novel by Kirsty Gunn I didn't enjoy this short plotless meandering book but my friend Lynn thinks this is a strong novel and we had a good discussion about the storytelling choices and why this book works so well for herThe story is told in first person from the perspective of the protagonist Janey who is looking back on the summer when she was twelve Janey's parents are upper middle class white folks who own a summer lake house and they host raucous parties for their adult friends each night Janey and her five year old brother Jim are mostly left to care for themselves through the summer They spend their days wandering the marshland around the lake playing in some kind of estuary or confluence where they swim fish build sand castles or mud castles sit in a sailboat they can't sail and just pass the time with each otherIt was never made clear how old Janey is as the narrator looking back on this summer a summer which turns out to be an extremely traumatic time in her life Based upon the naive and uninformed statements Janey makes in this book I would guess she is only twenty or maybe thirty as the narrator or possibly still a teenager age 18 or 19 She doesn't seem to have received any therapy to help her process what happened and she makes no statements in the book to orient the reader to her current mindset in any satisfying or enlightening way The purpose of this book is to narrate the long days of her summer that lead to the final pages of the book when sudden devastation and trauma occurs The book ends at the very moment a plot seems to arrive I had originally assumed Janey's 12th summer took place in the early 1990s but after talking with my friend Lynn I realized the author had set the story in the early 1970s Ms Gunn was born in 1960 so she would have turned twelve herself in 1972 Given that knowledge it does make sense that this novel is set in 1972 though the text itself never provides any dates The author also grew up in New Zealand so I believe the novel is set in New Zealand though the text itself never gives specific setting details Nature and the lake environment around the house is given a lot of description in this short book but I did not realize the novel was set in New Zealand until after I finished the book and researched the authorAccording to my friend Lynn a reader can look at all of the long plotless exposition of the natural world in Rain which makes up the bulk of this book and understand it to be a detailed metaphor for Janey's adult interior self she is awash in a numbed state of emotion living in a perpetual state of lassitude after what has happened to her She has been unable to process or come to grips with her trauma and she is narrating the earliest phase of her journey of healing wherein she gives voice to the traumatic event and nothing This explains why the book ends just as the plot appears or just at the moment when the traumatic event occurs because the adult Janey is finally leaving her state of numbness andor denial to acknowledge that something terrible happened to her when she was twelve If you are someone who likes funeral scenes in movies that take place in the rain on gray stormy days scenes that use the environment to represent the emotion of grief so that the characters never have to name any of their feelings at all then you will enjoy Rain a lot than I did After reflecting at length on this book I have decided I do not enjoy books that rely solely on the natural setting to instruct the reader on a character's emotional state It feels cheap to me It feels like shoddy prose The film version of Rain drew attention to things that I completely misread or failed to pay close attention to in the narrative In the movie Janey is older than twelve sexually aware of herself and she is competing with her mother for the attention of the adult men who show up at her par