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“Entertaining … eminently readable”

New Volcano Street reviews in Australia

“David Rain’s portrait of a large country town in which a small crew of miscellaneous outcasts eventually find each other is an entertaining read with a lot of colourful characters … It isn’t subtle, but it is eminently readable.” Well, readable is more fun than subtle, isn’t it? This good review, by noted critic Kerryn…
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“A wonderful, multi-layered story …”

Another good Australian review

From the Adelaide Advertiser, Saturday 7 February, 2015. We don’t have a computerised link for this, but here’s what it said about Volcano Street, which it rated at four stars …   FICTION VOLCANO STREET David Rain Allen & Unwin $27.99 Skip and Marlo Wells dream of escaping dreary old Adelaide, buoyed by their mother’s…
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“An exquisite coming of age story”

Great review of Volcano Street at Australia's The Hoopla

“David Rain has written an exquisite coming of age story. Skip’s voice, as the narrator, is vibrant, innocent and all-knowing simultaneously … The realisation that a small country town existence is no excuse not to dream of a different future, that like Pavel, one can love where one grew up without feeling constrained to stay…
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“Fascinating monsters … enthralling and complex”

Novelist Charles Palliser on David's new novel – and new heroine

From Charles Palliser, distinguished author of novels including Victoriana classic The Quincunx and his current book, the intriguing gothic mystery Rustication, comes the following pre-publication quote about David’s new novel Volcano Street, to be published by Atlantic Books on 4 December 2014 and now available for pre-order:   “I enjoyed this hugely. It’s a vivid…
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“One of the best recent historical novels”

And still they come ... another excellent review of The Heat of the Sun

Today a very positive review of The Heat of the Sun appeared on book discussion site Upcoming4.me, which calls the novel “One of the best recent historical novels … It is a book that can be enjoyed by everyone, including people who have never heard about Madame Butterfly. “The Heat of the Sun” is bravely…
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Heat of the Sun in the New York Times

Article references David Rain's "wildly inventive book"

Today’s New York Times music section features an article called “Liberating the Librettos” by Anthony Tommasini, the paper’s chief music critic, which explores the subject of “opera what-ifs.” Here’s an excerpt: “Most opera fans are intensely involved with the characters of great operas. We are protective of them, even the evil ones. “There is a…
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Irish Times reviews The Heat of the Sun

"This book is a thing of beauty"

If you’re familiar with Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly you’ll know that the geisha Cio-Cio-San dies in the third act, despairing that her American lover, Lieut Pinkerton, has abandoned her and their son. But what happened next? David Rain gamely takes up the story a little after Puccini left off … This book is a thing…
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The Literary Sofa reviews The Heat of the Sun

"Sheer quality and elegance ... a thing of literary beauty"

David Rain’s skill in imagining the life of “that boy” is instantly apparent. As narrator it is Trouble’s contemporary Woodley Sharpless who recounts different phases of their complex friendship in an ingenious operatic structure and with a highly engaging voice. The historical setting is vividly rendered, from the decadence of 1920s New York to the…
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“Ya got Trouble”: fabulous piece about The Heat of the Sun in Opera News

"A wildly audacious and compellingly written book ... [Rain] creates dizzying effects"

The April 2013 issue of US magazine Opera News contains a fabulous piece about The Heat of the Sun. Key quote: “It’s a wildly audacious and compellingly written book … Reading The Heat of the Sun is like watching an author keep daring himself to take higher and higher hurdles and clearing them every time; he…
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The New Zealand Herald reviews The Heat of the Sun

"An ambitious book ... a rewarding read"

“The story of Puccini’s opera, Madame Butterfly, is widely known. In brief, a young American naval lieutenant, Pinkerton, woos and marries a Japanese maiden, Cho Cho San (Butterfly). After they spend their wedding night together, he sails away, promising to return. This he does, three years later, bringing with him his new American wife; Japanese…
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