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Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver
Flight Behavior
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Flight Behavior transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman's narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel's inhabitants and unearths the... show more
Flight Behavior transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman's narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel's inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence. Characters and reader alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here, into the unsettled ground of science, faith, and everyday truces between reason and conviction. Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she has settled for permanent disappointment but seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man. As she hikes up a mountain road behind her house to a secret tryst, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. The bewildering emergency draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintance with urbane journalists, opportunists, sightseers, and a striking biologist with his own stake in the outcome. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed. Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780062124265 (0062124269)
ASIN: 62124269
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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Remember When the Music
Remember When the Music rated it
4.0 Flight Behavior
As is often the case with Barbara Kingsolver’s novels, it took more time than I preferred to get hooked into Flight Behavior. But once engrossed, my persistence was proven worthwhile. Unlike her other novels, however, this one’s first chapter turned me off because it read like a steamy romance, some...
The Fault in Our Blogs
The Fault in Our Blogs rated it
3.0 Flight Behavior
http://thefaultinourblogs.blogspot.comWell, Kingsolver's writing style stretched this one out to two weeks for me to get through. That's not a bad thing, I'm kind of glad I took my time to get through it because Kingsolver is such an adept writer. Her rich, dense, nuanced, prose is a feat of nature ...
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!"
Kate Says: "Reading Is Fun!" rated it
4.0 Nice Blend of Science and Story
Here is an excerpt of an interview Barbara Kingsolver gave to one of the literary journals I subscribe to, if anyone is interested: https://thesunmagazine.org/issues/459/the_moral_universe Kingsolver, who was trained as a biologist and did science journalism for a while, weaves climate change ...
Overdue
Overdue rated it
4.0 Sings, Flies, Paints a Portrait
I love and admire Kingsolver as an author. She had me at The Bean Tree. When I began Flight Progression, I was immediately taken with the names of characters: Dellarobia(I thought of the blue pigment on my water color pallette), Ovid, Byron, Hester, Cordelia, Preston. This is Appalachia. I expected ...
Mellkoh
Mellkoh rated it
4.0 Flight Behavior
This is a book of our time. One that tackles the debate over global warming head on. I found this book to be very interesting and thought provoking and found the Ms. Kingsolver's arguments and analogies were spot on. Take for example, when Ovid was speaking with a reporter who felt that scientist...
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