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The Character of Rain

Author: Nothomb, Amelie Set In . . .
 Asia, Japan
Genre: Fiction
Time Frame: 1960-1970s
Published: 2000
Description: The Japanese believe that until the age of three children, whether Japanese or not, are gods, each one an okosama, or "lord child." On their third birthday they fall from grace and join the rest of the human race. In Amélie Nothomb's new novel The Character of Rain, we learn that divinity is a difficult thing from which to recover.
  
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