- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 16, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060959037
- ISBN-13: 978-0060959036
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 806 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Barbara Kingsolver’s books of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction are widely translated and have won numerous literary awards. She is the founder of the PEN/Bellwether Prize, and in 2000 was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the country’s highest honor for service through the arts. Prior to her writing career she studied and worked as a biologist. She lives with her husband on a farm in southern Appalachia.
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That's the best kind of book, where you feel a sense of loss at its completion. I just held my kindle, wiping my eyes and had to read the last few pages again because it affected me so powerfully to let go of these people and their stories. I loved them even though while I read the book there may have been things I didn't necessarily like about them.
The most touching story to me was Predator, the story of Forest Service game warden Deanna Wofle and her itinerant love interest Eddie Bondo (what a name). She's forty-seven years old, so lonely she doesn't even know it and meets twenty-eight year old, beautiful, masculine, sexy hunter Eddie Bondo in the forest and falls in love and lust in a way that terrifies her.
Their love scenes are worth the price of admission - I never read anything quite so pastorally erotic in my life. Wow, well done, Barbara Kingsolver. She's got some hidden sexy depths that's for sure. Stunningly gorgeous writing.
My next favorite story is Moth Love about a young woman coming to terms being part of a farming family as she is a stranger from the city and a stranger religiously and ethnically. It's a charming and emotionally heartfelt story of love, loss and yes, moths. The final pages choked me up.
The final story (they are all loosely intertwined) is Old Chestnuts about exactly that, two old folks fighting over trees, pesticides, organic farming and falling for each other in the process (it is so sweet and adorable to watch it unfold).
There is quite a bit of heavy-handed moralizing on farming, forestry, organic farming, even a bit on Christianity and animal welfare and that can get tiresome but read through it and let it mean something to you or not but do read through to get to the human elements of the story.
Funny thing in a pastoral that the humanity is what comes through the most.
This book will be with me forever, a part of me now, like every gorgeous summer.
Once I got invested, the book was a great mix of environmental education and interpersonal relations. Kingslover does a great job of getting inside the heads of her characters.
I was left at the end feeling a little "unfinished." The book seemed to end abruptly with lots of loose ends. Literary move to leave the character lifelines up to the imagination and philosophical interpretations of the reader, but I would have enjoyed more.
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