This is a story that lives on its own but also gets its message across. It tells of the growth and rebirth of one woman as she comes to understand the much larger phenomenon she discovers in her own back yard.
Dellarobia is the vessel through which we see a small world become magical and then complex and troubled. Just as the butterflies she finds struggle to survive, she struggles to do something more than just survive. She is delightfully real - selfish and self-sacrificing, irritating and funny, ignorant and smart as a whip. Kingsolver teaches a class here on how to draw a living, breathing Southern spitfire.
Yes, although I think the audiobook would have been even better with a professional narrator.
Kingsolver fans will know that her endings are usually the weakest parts of her books. This book is well worth that small disappointment, however, She is a gem among modern authors.
I would have taken a pen and excised about half the unnecessary meanderings of this author.
Yes, but he had awful material with which to work.
I think the plot might have been pretty good if I could have managed to plow through the entire morass, but I'll never know.
I downloaded this title because of all the glowing reviews. If you like concise and compelling writing, then stay far away from this book. Too long, too self-indulgent.
The narration of John Randolph Jones is beyond any superlative I have in my vocabulary. He so beautifully brings the story to life that I found myself feeling every emotion he conveyed.
Jones's Jacob is a wonderful old man - irascible, depressed by his loss of independence, and sweet and vulnerable by turns. I've been around a lot of old people in my life, and obviously, Sara Gruen has too (what writing!). But only a master like John Randolph Jones can bring all the complexity of such a fine character to life with such grace.
Old Jacob, of course.
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