|When Rain Clouds Gather
The following collection of thematically related readings is available
in Jane Eyre and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature
"The Rain Came" by Grace Ogot
Summary:A Kenyan chief learns that his own daughter must give up her
life in order that a drought should end. The daughter, Oganda, accepts
her fate and leaves the village, but she is rescued by a young man,
Osinda. The young couple flee as the life-giving rain falls at last.
"I Am Crying from Thirst" by Alonzo Lopez
(from South Dakota Review, © 1969)
Summary: In this poem by a Native American, the speaker cries out to
the sky to bring rain.
Excerpt from Waiting for Rain by Dan Butterworth
Summary: This excerpt is taken from a nonfiction account of the drought
of 1986, when writer Dan Butterworth stayed on a North Carolina farm.
In the excerpt Butterworth surveys the drought-stricken land with farmer
"Crackling Day" by Peter Abrahams
Summary: A young black boy in South Africa challenges three white youths
and, in so doing, challenges the political system of the whole country.
"Some Monday for Sure" by Nadine Gordimer
(from Selected Stories, © 1965)
Summary: This short story is set amid the political unrest of the 1960s
in South Africa. Josias and his brother-in-law Willie take part in a
protester's plan to steal explosives, an action which leads to a life
of exile for them and for Josias's sister.
"I Am Not One of Those Who Left the Land" by Anna Akhmatova
(from Poems of Akhmatova )
Summary: In this poem, written shortly after civil war in Russia, the
speaker is fiercely critical of those who flee their country in times
"Spring Sowing" by Liam O'Flaherty
(from The Stories of Liam O'Flaherty, © 1956)
Summary: In an Irish farming community, a newly-married couple, Mary
and Martin Delaney, share for the first time together the yearly task
of planting the potato seeds.