Plucky Taylor Greer grows up poor in rural Kentucky with two goals: to avoid pregnancy and to get away. She succeeds on both counts when she buys an old car and heads west. But midway across the country motherhood catches up with her when she becomes the guardian of an abandoned baby girl she calls Turtle. In Tuscon they encounter an ...
Plucky Taylor Greer grows up poor in rural Kentucky with two goals: to avoid pregnancy and to get away. She succeeds on both counts when she buys an old car and heads west. But midway across the country motherhood catches up with her when she becomes the guardian of an abandoned baby girl she calls Turtle. In Tuscon they encounter an extraordinary array of people, and with their help, Taylor builds herself and her sweet, stunned child a life.
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An American classic novel. Plot, characters, writing, everything about it recommends it for all age groups.
Dec 29, 2011
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I gave this a 4 * also because I will not be using it until January.
Aug 14, 2009
Interesting Plot with Profound Characters
Despite being an assigned novel, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kingsolver is a master at creating characters with interesting personalities, and her characters are what drive the plot in this book. Take for example, Turtle, a three year old child who is taken in by the main character, Taylor. Although it may not seem like it, I found Turtle to be an inspirational character, with a complex and moving history and personality. The only complaint I have, is that it seemed as if Kingsolver tried to add suspense in this book, but overall, wasn't too successful. If you liked The Poisonwood Bible, I recommend reading The Bean Trees as well.
Oct 2, 2007
Another reason why people hate assigned reading. This was a book I had to finish and hated every moment. This is a boring book. Characters come and characters go. The lack of plot does not help the matter. I understand that this is supposed to be a character driven novel, but then the character must be interesting. Most of the people I've talked with who read this book have the same complaints. A boring book from begining to end.
Publishers Weekly, 1988-01-15 Feisty Marietta Greer changes her name to ``Taylor'' when her car runs out of gas in Taylorville, Ill. By the time she reaches Oklahoma, this strong-willed young Kentucky native with a quick tongue and an open mind is catapulted into a surprising new life. Taylor leaves home in a beat-up '55 Volkswagen bug, on her way to nowhere in particular, savoring her freedom. But when a forlorn Cherokee woman drops a baby in Taylor's passenger seat and asks her to take it, she does. A first novel, The Bean Trees is an overwhelming delight, as random and unexpected as real life. The unmistakable voice of its irresistible heroine is whimsical, yet deeply insightful. Taylor playfully names her little foundling ``Turtle,'' because she clings with an unrelenting, reptilian grip; at the same time, Taylor aches at the thought of the silent, staring child's past suffering. With Turtle in tow, Taylor lands in Tucson, Ariz., with two flat tires and decides to stay. The desert climate, landscape and vegetation are completely foreign to Taylor, and in learning to love Arizona, she also comes face to face with its rattlesnakes and tarantulas. Similarly, Taylor finds that motherhood, responsibility and independence are thorny, if welcome, gifts. This funny, inspiring book is a marvelous affirmation of risk-taking, commitment and everyday miracles. (March) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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