Book Review: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

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Flight Behavior by Bar­bara King­solver is a fic­tional book tak­ing place in Appalachia. The book is very lyri­cal and rich explor­ing the sim­ple yet com­plex life of rural Tennessee.

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  • 448 pages
  • Pub­lisher: Harper
  • Lan­guage: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062124269
Book Review Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

My rat­ing for Flight Behav­ior —3

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I was excited to get Flight Behav­ior by Bar­bara King­solver (web­site | Face­book), her books auto­mat­i­cally go to my “to read” list. The books I read are all unique and dif­fer­ent from one another focus­ing on var­i­ous themes and subjects.

The writing is fan­tas­tic, how­ever I did not feel any con­nec­tion to the char­ac­ters and the story is slow. The book picks up in places, just as you’re ready to put it down, but then it goes on drag­ging espe­cially when it comes to the protagonist’s per­sonal life ver­sus her pro­fes­sional life. Maybe because of the char­ac­ters bore­dom with her fam­ily life, which we are told prac­ti­cally from the first para­graph, the author chose to slow down the pace – for me it sim­ply didn't work.

The theme of the book is the envi­ron­ment, while I appre­ci­ate themes and an author’s take on cur­rent events and their impor­tance, I appre­ci­ate a bal­anced look much more than being shoved an agenda down my throat. Kingsolver’s book The Lacuna talks about Com­mu­nism as one of its themes but shows both sides of the coin.

The book is still excel­lent from a tech­ni­cal stand­point, but it is slow and, I felt, could have been cut almost in half with­out los­ing much. For lovers of lit­er­ary fic­tion this book will be an “event”, for oth­ers… not so much.

A farmer’s wife walk­ing back from her lover’s house dis­cov­ers a field full of but­ter­flies. Not want­ing her hus­band to know where she’s been, Del­laro­bia Turn­bow acci­den­tally con­vinces her hus­band and reli­gious mother-in-law that she had a “vision”.

When a lep­i­dopterol­o­gist comes to study the crea­tures, Del­laro­bia gets a cul­ture shock as well as a new per­spec­tive on life.

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