Jan 30, 2014

Christmas present number 5: The Night Rainbow

During one long, hot summer, five-year-old Pea and her little sister Margot play alone in the meadow behind their house, on the edge of a small village in Southern France. Her mother is too sad to take care of them; she left her happiness in the hospital, along with the baby. Pea's father has died in an accident and Maman, burdened by her double grief and isolated from the village by her Englishness, has retreated to a place where Pea cannot reach her - although she tries desperately to do so.

Then Pea meets Claude, a man who seems to love the meadow as she does and who always has time to play. Pea believes that she and Margot have found a friend, and maybe even a new papa. But why do the villagers view Claude with suspicion? And what secret is he keeping in his strange, empty house?

This was one of the books I bought from the Amazon coupon my sister gave me for Christmas. I started reading almost as soon as I got it and wasn't disappointed. Due to the fact that the narrator is a five year old girl the story becomes honest, open and naive at some points. I thought it was extremely well executed. Pea is lonely and neglected. The friendship with Claude is a special one and many times he's the only one she's got. That was heartbreaking. I felt genuinely sad sometimes. It was such a beautiful story. Life can change for the worse all of a sudden and for me that idea lead to very conflicting emotions about Pea's situation and her mother. I'm glad I bought this book and I'm pretty sure I'm going to read it again at some point. 

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