Everything you ever wanted to know about butterflies! .Set in Southern Appalachia, a wife and mother's life is turned upside down when a swath of Monarch butterflies nests in her family's mountain. This has never happened before, and leaves people seeking various explanations from religion and science. The book seems to lose its ooomph after a particular event in the novel.
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Everyone lives their everyday lives in family and community until the butterflies arrive, bring scientists and compel the folks to reconcile science, God and nature. I liked the main character who discovers she is out of her element in her home like the butterflies on the Southern hillside.
Exquisite language, compelling story. Grabbed me from the first sentence.
It has been awhile since I read a Kingsolver. Very interesting book discussing personal growth as well as climate change and species at risk without being 'preachy' about it all. Characters are interesting, absorbing and easily identified with. A compelling read, as well as providing some general information.
Barbara Kingsolver can do no wrong. Her books are consistently great and her characters consistently compelling. Each time I read one of her novels I feel that my world is opened and my life is altered. Flight Behavior is an excellent example of her capacity to write about themes/issues that are dark, frightening, disturbing (and important!), but always leave the reader with a sense of hope.
This is not a book for those who prefer their fiction to be heavy on plot and action, but it’s likely to be a treat for readers who enjoy beautiful language, rich characterization, and pitch-perfect observations about everything from marriage and parenthood to social class and battles related to climate change.
I liked this book - didn't love it. If written by another author it would have been great, but for Ms Kingsolver it was only 'good'. The arrival of the butterflies heralds a change - for individuals, the community, scientists, the environment . . .
Alas, the characters seem too predictable and the story struggled.
I was disappointed with this one. It is beautifully written and undoubtedly a clever take on the themes of environmentalism and global warming but the woman was a very self-centred character and the preaching and barrow-pushing were intrusive. Poisonwood Bible it was not.
Dellarobia is a woman in crisis. Living in the deep south, and from a poor family, she missed out on the education she hoped for when she got pregnant at 17. Life limps on for her, as the wife of a sheep farmer and daughter-in-law of the farm’s owners. Dellarobia feels she is living on a dead-end street.
Everything changes for her when she has a vision, discovering a fire of insects on the mountain behind her farmhouse. Migrating monarchs have turned up inexplicably, displaced from their eons-old wintering spot in Mexico.
The butterflies bring a world-renown lepidopterist, a new fascination with science, and a job to her door. As she discovers what all this means for her and her family, Dellarobia wakes up to a world of opportunities.
While Dellarobia discovers herself, we, the readers, discover some unhappy truths about the state of the world and our position in it.
What lesson can we take from this novel? Plant milkweed!
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