|Plot Summary of The Character of Rain|
St. Martin's, May 2003, 11.95, 132 pp.
A baby known as la Plante or the Tube abruptly moves and cries. Then the Tube's Belgium grandma arrives with the most devastating poison known in the universe, white chocolate. The Tube tastes the sweetness and a new conscience has metamorphosed. Life in the tube has turned quite sweetly though the awakening of Amelie makes her realize that paradise will be lost.
This unusual autobiographical tale first is told in the third person until the pivotal moment in history, the infamous chocolate incident, when the plot is written as a first person narrative. Not everyone will want to read this metaphysical story, but those who do will find a clever, witty, and intelligent tale that even makes the earliest of days come across realistically. Except for the title, fans will appreciate Amelie Nothomb's work that does not miss a beat in the translation from the original French MÉTAPHYSIQUE DES TUBES.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Character of Rain|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- present (2000-2010)
Family, caring for ill
Who is sick?
because he/she is
- physically ill
- nature of existence (heavy philosophy)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Major part of story:
- general child raising
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 10 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- a lot of stream of consciousness
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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