Yes, I recommended it to my book club. The characters could be people I know. The novel deals with contemporary problems and attitudes--unemployed and impressionable youth, immigration, unresolved family issues, arrogant and arriviste urban dwellers.
The surprising resolution of the court case. Also Jim's fall from grace due to hubris.
She portrayed the Maine accent very well, and that of the immigrants. She made Jim's wife, Helen, even more aggravating.
I sympathized with the plight of the Somali immigrants, the loneliness experienced when there is disruption in supportive "family" connections.
I was angered by Jim's disdain for his brother and sister. Of course the boys were the focus of the novel, but I wish the character of the sister had been developed more fully.
As the main character learns about the butterflies, she discovers herself.
I was raised in the north so I'd like to have seen a more realistic approach to dressing for the weather, tromping around in cold and snow.
Kingsolver has such a sense of place. She knows the lives, the social problems and the strengths of the people of Appalachia. Since she herself reads the work, she does the local accents so well.
I agree with critics who have called the work a bit preachy on environmental/ecology/education issues, but it is still a wonderful read, and I cared about the main characters.
I'd rank this novel in the top ten. I'll be looking for other books by the author.
I admired Margaret although her reticence and scruples made her slow to express her feelings.
Not that I recall, but her voice and delivery suited the text, and the characters.
A sensitive and intelligent woman lives the changes brought about by England's move into the industrial age.
I just "cheated" by reading an online biography of Gaskell. I'm astounded that I had never heard of this prolific Victorian writer--admired by Dickens and by critics then and now. Her descriptions are beautiful, and her characters "real." She wrote "Cranford" which was made into a BBC series with Judy Dench.
My son recommended I get this as an audio book in order to enjoy the Irish accents. We had each spent time in Ireland.
Not a page turner, but you care about the interior dialogue of a character who makes life changing decisions--not necessarily because she wants to, but simply because she must. .
I know it's a classic but unfortunately I found the authentic British accent of the narrator rather heavy, interfering with my enjoyment of the reading. Usually I do not object to accents--loved Life of Pi and am a fan of Downton Abbey, but this reading obscured the text.
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