Barbara Kingsolver


any essays on animal dreams

>>By jess   (Saturday, 25 Jan 2003 12:59)

One of my favorite authors!!! i recommend The Poisonwood Bible to everyone

>>By Angela Ryczkowski   (Wednesday, 5 Feb 2003 03:54)

I read Poisonwood Bible first, and liked it, but was sort of confused. Since then, I've read Prodigal Summer which I loved. Each of the three stories could carry itself, it's only by the delicate weaving that Kingsolver does, that she manages to intertwine them

>>By Emily   (Monday, 21 Apr 2003 04:23)

The Bean Trees is one of the lovliest books ever written. Such a great first novel. Beauitul, funny and true.

>>By mebaroo   (Friday, 20 Feb 2004 16:09)

i really enjoyed The Poisonwood Bible. it brought up many important points that people need to consider when "helping others".

>>By lucinda   (Tuesday, 24 Feb 2004 22:46)

Having recently read The Poisonwood Bible, I'm surprised that there's not an abundant discussion going on about Barbara Kingsolver. This book is a masterpiece. It comments on the roots of Christianity and on its recent consequences in post-colonial Africa, deeply moving the reader while following the lives of the characters-narrators of the story. I'm currently reading The bean trees, a very good first novel indeed. It's interesting to see how Kingsolver grew into such a writer over the years. She's not in the spotlight like Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code), but deserves to be, which is a reminder of how hype plays to much of a role these days in telling the world what to read, how to avoid thinking, and mostly how to spend money.

>>By Noudjali   (Thursday, 1 Jun 2006 18:50)

I agree that in Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver addresses the essential ignorance of imposing one's society-based religion on another very distinctly structured society. The pastor planting his garden in Africa using methods that worked for him at home! Its a complexly written, beautiful work. She illuminates reality by speaking from different characters' points of view.
The riot of humor in meeting a new culture reminded me of my experiences as an exchange student. Its hard to laugh when nobody else gets why something is so funny, but cultural mismatches can be lots of fun if you keep your sense of humor and respect one another.
In Prodigal Summer I first gained an understanding of the ecological balance of predator and prey in healthy systems. The sexuality was really beautifully described in the pheromone and power dynamic within which we experience it.

>>By Preguntosa   (Monday, 17 Mar 2008 19:33)

I'm very impressed by Kingsolver's writing. Her deep understanding of human nature is astounding, as well as the knoweldgable way she writes about biology and she incorporates it very well into her writing.
My favorite by her is Pigs in Heaven, though it's a tie with Animal Dreams
I have also read Bean Trees, The Poisonwood Bible, and Prodigal Summer. I'm about to start The Lacuna, and I hope it's as good as all the rest.

>>By Espydublohef   (Monday, 6 Dec 2010 08:52)

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