Some Rain Must Fall: And Other Stories
Michel Faber's short stories are markedly diverse-the voice of each is so distinct that the book reads like an anthology of different writers. But Faber's radically inventive style fastens all fifteen stories into a compelling collection deserving of the high praise it garnered in the United... show more
Michel Faber's short stories are markedly diverse-the voice of each is so distinct that the book reads like an anthology of different writers. But Faber's radically inventive style fastens all fifteen stories into a compelling collection deserving of the high praise it garnered in the United Kingdom. One surreal story, "Fish," projects a futuristic world populated with fish swimming in the air. As sharks hover in abandoned corners and human zealots of the Church of the Armageddon loose their fanaticism on the innocent, it's a mother's full-time job to protect her young daughter. The title story, "Some Rain Must Fall," tells of a substitute schoolteacher called on in a crisis, and as she encourages her pupils to express their feelings, we learn the source of the class's trouble: a devastating act that resonates with contemporary America. As Garth Morris wrote in the Mail on Sunday (London), "these are well-crafted pieces of quiet forlorn intensity in a very real world."
Publish date: August 20th 2001
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 276
Edition language: English
I didn't think I was going to finish this on, it has certainly taken me some time. The stories are weird and wacky but I just didn't 'get' a lot of them, I kept expecting some kind of punchline that just didn't come. Entertaining but I don't think I would read them again. I much prefer his novels.
A remarkably diverse, thought-provoking, often witty, and beautifully-written short stories. That was a relief, because I loved Faber's "The Crimson Petal and the White" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/249591596), but was shocked by how much I disliked the related short stories, "The Apple" (h...
A nice selection of short stories from the author of "The Crimson Petal and The White," a book I read last year. Some of the stories made me want to read about more of the characters' stories, while others were too gruesome for me to want more.