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Seven Gifts in The Rain


Loved it! 😍

A beautifully-written philosophical book that takes us through the lessons a young boy learns by reading several stories.

It is quite serendipitous that I read both Gibran's "The Prophet" and Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince" this month as "Seven Gifts in the Rain"'s style and content reminded me a lot of those books; the deceptively simple fairytale-like language, but with a mixture of the modern and a sense of humour, with lots of lessons and philosophical points to ponder. It also seems timely to have read this book during a time of great uncertainty in the world because stories like these are so grounding and remind us of simple truths. They were all beautifully written and interesting.

"Seven Gifts in the Rain" tells the tale of a young boy who has been told to read seven stories before he is sent to the Earth, each story illustrating a gift for mankind. The boy has an Angel as a sort of guide, who guides him through storytelling and subsequent discussions about the seven gifts in the rain. The Angel leaves it for the boy to discover the gift on his own but is there for support. We read the seven stories, meet the wide array of characters, such as a bosun, the Snow Queen, a narcissistic honeybee, and a rock star, and attempt to discover, along with the boy, which gift each story is portraying. The process seems like a ritualistic passage to me, each story making the boy (and the reader) see more and grow more in consciousness, and also see how everything eventually connects.

This was a really fun read for me and a reminder that we never do grow out of fairytales, and that fairytales still have a place in our modern society. I can see myself rereading this book in the future, and I'm sure I'll be able to glean more from it with each read . 

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Seven Gifts in The Rain

About the author

I was born in Liverpool, England, at the end of The War, and went to sea in various guises - Royal Navy, inshore fishing, yacht delivery & sail training - before taking up writing. I contributed to many yachting magazines, and had 12 sailing books published professionally. view profile

Published on January 01, 2020

Published by Strange Land

40000 words

Genre: Magical Realism

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