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The Man Who Rained

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The Man Who Rained by Ali ShawThe Man Who Rained is a second novel by Ali Shaw, who previously had considerable success with The Girl with Glass Feet. Both novels are modern fables, telling a magical story with the aim of imparting some moral message about life. The Man Who Rained is, as its title suggests, about a man (Finn) who is weather personified. It works as a romantic fairy tale, but like many fairy tales has more serious intent. The central image of this book is lightening – in more than one place Shaw tells us that lightening does not just strike, it is a connection made in secret between the earth and the storm. Lightening is a metaphor for falling in love at first sight and in this book the weather is an extended metaphor for the turbulence and unpredictability which can lie within other people.

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