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The Heat of the Sun [Kindle Edition]

David Rain
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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This book is a thing of beauty: Rain constructs the story like an opera libretto, with an overture, four acts and an intermission. Swinging through the decades, intermingling cultural and political developments, Rain is subtle and assured, a writer of unquestionable talent. Do yourself a favour and read this wonderful book now. --Irish Times



Wildly inventive --New York Times



There are passages in the novel that have a heartbreaking beauty... Rain is a talented writer -- Washington Post



This book captures the gaiety and tumult of a troubled age. But it is ultimately a novel of friendship, of love, and of lives. --Irish Examiner



David Rain is far too young to be writing this exquisitely... a story about the universal search for love and for self... There isn't so much an echo of Scott Fitzgerald in these pages as a gentle background refrain --The Bookbag



Rain's worthy novel is a touching, often searing tale of friendship, betrayal and love. His flawed characters are staggering beneath the weight of the past, which they carry like burdens even beyond the book's chilling, operatic conclusion. --Bookpage



Mesmerising... The Heat of the Sun is by turns wildly colourful and straitlaced, witty and rueful, reserved and operatic --Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon and Far From the Tree



Romantic tragedy inside a story of great theatrical invention and whimsy. The result is wholly original and a lot of fun. Read it and the twentieth century may never look the same to you again --John Burnham Schwartz, author of Reservation Road and The Commoner

This book is a thing of beauty: Rain constructs the story like an opera libretto, with an overture, four acts and an intermission. Swinging through the decades, intermingling cultural and political developments, Rain is subtle and assured, a writer of unquestionable talent. Do yourself a favour and read this wonderful book now. --Irish Times



There are passages in the novel that have a heartbreaking beauty... Rain is a talented writer. --Washington Post



David Rain is far too young to be writing this exquisitely... a story about the universal search for love and for self... There isn't so much an echo of Scott Fitzgerald in these pages as a gentle background refrain --The Bookbag



This book captures the gaiety and tumult of a troubled age. But it is ultimately a novel of friendship, of love, and of lives. --Irish Examiner



Rain's worthy novel is a touching, often searing tale of friendship, betrayal and love. His flawed characters are staggering beneath the weight of the past, which they carry like burdens even beyond the book's chilling, operatic conclusion. --Bookpage

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When recently orphaned Woodley Sharpless encounters Ben Pinkerton -- known to all as 'Trouble' -- for the first time at the exclusive Blaze Academy, he is instantly enraptured. They are polar opposites; Ben is exotic and daring; Woodley is bookish and frail, yet their lives quickly become inextricable intertwined. First at school, then in the staccato days of twenties New York, Woodley sees flashes of another person in his friend and slowly discovers a side of Ben's nature that belies a dark and hidden history.

As the curtain falls on the frivolity of the twenties and rises to reveal the cruelty of a new decade, Woodley and Ben's friendship begins to fragment. Over the coming years the two men meet intermittently; in Japan before the outbreak of the Second World War and then in the midst of the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos. Change in both their lives, their relationship and their suffering, stand for a generation; one dispersed by depression and upheaval, brutality and confusion. David Rain's novel, The Heat of the Sun, is an ambitious and assured debut that captures perfectly two friends, two loves: two lives.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0805096701
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088Q9PUO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,885 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David Rain is an Australian writer who lives in London. He is the author of the novel The Heat of the Sun, about the boy from Madame Butterfly and what happens next. He has also written poetry, articles, and reviews. He has taught literature and writing at Queen's University of Belfast, University of Brighton, and Middlesex University, London.

Read more about David at www.davidrain.net

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisite book 28 July 2012
By Rebecca
Format:Hardcover
A friend once told me she felt envious of anyone reading a certain well known classic American novel for the first time, as she knew they had that wonderful story ahead of them, just waiting to be discovered. The Heat of the Sun leaves me with the same sentiment. Once finished it brings that bitter-sweet feeling of satisfaction at finishing the book, whist knowing I will miss the characters tomorrow.

The characters are as compelling as the historical backdrop is haunting. Standing next to Woodley as he watches Openheimer's Trinity is an image that will be hard to forget, just as the story of the Butterfly herself comes with an emotional punch that left me howling on the Northern Line in rush hour. Trouble is as elusive as he is fascinating, and the relationship between the Woodley and Trouble is beautifully complex in a way that writers are often unable to capture on the page.

As a writer who one day hopes to be a good writer, reading a book like The Heat of the Sun is a very humbling experience. People often say that the best artisans are those who make their work appear effortless; David Rain does this superbly.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transporting 15 July 2012
By Sharon
Format:Hardcover
The rich descriptive writing of The Heat of the Sun is instantly transporting. As the story unfolds so too does the complexity of the central characters. This is echoed in the narrative taking place over several decades of the most turbulent history of the 20th century. The personal and political struggles of Woodley Sharpless and Ben Pinkerton are believable and the emotional depth of the writing evokes a deep empathy in the reader. This is a multi-layered novel beautifully written and compelling. The Heat of the Sun
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly imagined and written 18 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you've ever wondered what became of the love-child of Madam Butterfly and Lieutenant Pinkerton, here is an answer more complete and equisitely written than you could have hoped for. The book unfolds from Puccini's story towards Nagasaki's inevitable horror, and the characters will keep you guessing till the end.
The historical detail of this novel, and the stunnningly imagined world of its central characters makes it jump into vivid life on every page. We are in Japan, we are in America, and everything is tactile, visible, absolutely real.
The writing may put you in mind of Scott Fitzgerald, Noel Coward, and yet it is completely itself, crystal clear and beautifully crafted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spectacular 15 Dec 2012
By Ginge
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After hearing about the heat of the sun and its story i was instantly intrigued by such an unusual idea, the historical backdrop through the early to mid 20th century was genius. Every page gives you an insight into this world that really makes you wish you were standing their at trinity or back in school with trouble. Ive recommended this to countless people with the certainty that you will not be dissapointed by this what-so-ever. hope to see more from David in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 8 Dec 2012
By freda
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Could be a classic for the future, a thoroughly enjoyable read with an intreging plot. Interesting characters you could identify with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the heat of the sun 7 Dec 2012
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not the sort of book i would normally read but really enjoyed it. have recommended to lots of my friends and colleagues
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for readers with a love of Puccini 12 Feb 2014
By Dr R TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Apart from the names, `Sharpless' and `Pinkerton', the blurb on the back of David Rain's debut novel does not overplay the link with Puccini's Madame Butterfly, perhaps not to put off readers who are not fans of opera or classical music. In the middle of the book, the author presents a synopsis of the opera and its characters, so lack of specific knowledge should not be a bar to reading.

Like the opera, the book is divided into an overture, four acts with an interval, filled by the synopsis, before the curtain falls. We first meet the narrator, Woodley A. Sharpless settling down to write the story of his schoolfriend, Ben `Trouble' Pinkerton, 40 years after his death. Act 1 takes place at Blaze Academy, where the two meet for the first time. Sharpless needs a stick to walk with, his trusty `ashplant', following a car accident whilst Trouble, the son of Senator Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton [Democrat, New York], has arrived suddenly after being removed from his previous school for `unspeakable crimes'.

The descriptions of the school, its students and their activities includes some of the best writing of the book, in part because Rain needed to capture the reader's immediate interest and imagination without revealing too much of the ongoing story. In addition to the two central characters, La Vol [perhaps Levi?] is the only schoolfriend to feature throughout the story, he becomes a left-wing photographer who continually seeks to interest the narrator to join him on a series of photographic essays of underprivileged or strife-torn communities, no doubt based on Walker Evans and James Albee. As such Le Vol offers an alternative direction for Woody's life.

Between each act a period of years passes and new characters have to be introduced.
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