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If you could sum up Rain in three words, what would they be?
One of the best books I have listen to. Both in writing and narrator voice,
What did you like best about this story?
They way she explained water throughout history and the importance and the fact we have always taken advantage of
What does Christina Traister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I am not sure
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
As a treat at almost finishing the book she traveled to a rain forest that is know to be the wettest place on either.
I love the idea of capturing the history of rain in a book. Barnett will show you how rain related to the burning of witches, the invention of umbrellas and raincoats, and how it affects poets and songwriters. She details how the devastating effects of too much or too little rain paved the way for charlatans, whose extortions were far more severe that I thought.
When I bought this book, I had hoped it would include a lot more about the scientific history of rain. Barnett began the book with how rain came to fill the crevices of Earth. I had hoped I would read more details about that as well as hear the delicious science behind flooding, the dustbowl, and other weather related phenomenon. I love the water cycle. It's magical. So, even though the title Rain: A Natural and Cultural History is taken, I really really hope someone writes a book called Rain: A Natural History that focuses more on the science behind rain, especially how it relates to ecology. There is a wonderful lecture series called the Ecological Planet by John Kricher that will make you fall in love with the science of rain.
That is not to say I didn't enjoy the cultural history in this book. It was great. But I needed more of the natural part to really love it.