"Dellarobia Turnbow got pregnant in high school; now, some 11 years into her unhappy marriage, she's ready for a big change, and she thinks she's found it with a randy young telephone lineman. But on her way to a rendezvous, she is waylaid by the sight of a forest ablaze with millions of butterflies. Their usual migratory route has been disrupted, ...
"Dellarobia Turnbow got pregnant in high school; now, some 11 years into her unhappy marriage, she's ready for a big change, and she thinks she's found it with a randy young telephone lineman. But on her way to a rendezvous, she is waylaid by the sight of a forest ablaze with millions of butterflies. Their usual migratory route has been disrupted, and what looks to be a stunningly beautiful view is really an ominous sign, for the Appalachian winter could prove to be the demise of the species. The phenomenon draws the whole world to Dellarobia's doorstep. Scientists, the media, hordes of tourists gives her new and galvanizing insight into her poverty-stricken life on the sheep farm of her disapproving in-laws."--Booklist.
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I did not like this book at all, in fact I could not finish it. Very unrealistic and with really no point. I did like the Poisonwood Bible very much and I wonder what has happened to this author, as I could not finish another book of hers---forgot even the name. In any event will not be reading her again
Dec 1, 2013
Weather is the Lord's business
I loved Flight behaviour (Faber & Faber) by Barbara Kingsolver, a novel about climate change and farm wife Dellarobia?s separation from her husband in America?s Deep South Bible belt.
There are parallels all the way through between her story and that of the monarch butterflies whose migration patterns have been altered by climate change. Dellarobia ?abides captivity? with her husband Cub, whose farming family don?t believe in climate change (?weather is the Lord?s business?) and plan to log the mountainside to pay off a loan. The migrating butterflies are said to be in ?diapause? which means ?shutting down their sex drive until further notice?like marriage?; and a tree that fell over in the endless autumn rain ?like herself, ? just seemed to have come loose from its station in life?.
The scientist who comes to study the butterflies relieves Dellarobia of ?a lifetime of illusions?Noah?s Ark and better days ahead?.
Nov 21, 2013
Beautifully written portrayal of this region of the country and the people who live there. Intimate, intriguing, mysterious and very well researched.
Characters thoughtfully and respectfully portrayed. Through out all of it she makes this aspect of global warming understandable as a possibility. I loved the book!
Sep 7, 2013
Another Winner by Kingsolver
In her latest novel Kingsolver delves slightly into the world of science fiction. No matter. Her depiction of Appalachia and the folks who inhabit this part of our country are spot on. Great plot line and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Feb 22, 2013
Kingsolver has a gift with putting the mundane things of daily life into her form of language that is actually how many people think. It is amazing to read the way she does this all through the book. The content doesn't compel you to read as much as her gift with handling language. It is, however, a good read.
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