Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed.
Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.
©2012 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
The story was very engaging. I find it disappointing how Christianity takes a hit with some mocking of the faith. Not all Christians ignore global warming. I did have to listen to it at 1.25x speed. While Kingsolver's narration is pleasant, and her voice is appealing, she annunciates every syllable to a maddening degree. Most of the time it seemed at normal pace while listening at 1.25x speed.
I wished a male with an accurate accent could have read the part of the male scientist, rather than Kingsolver herself .
The unexpected turn of this book made it even more enjoyable than the images created by Ms. Kingsolver's words. I enjoyed every minute of it and wonder where the characters are now. I miss them already.
I wish every species had a champion who can make their environmental struggles as accessible as she does those in this book. By telling the story of the Monarchs through the eyes of this character, full of mistakes and hopes, eminently likable and recognizable, Kingsolver puts the global warming crisis unavoidably at center stage.
Love to listen and walk or run and knit, knit knit
I heard her lecture at a Vogue Knitting event and she was superb, so had to try her book. It was an okay listen, but I much preferred the Poisonwood Bible--an all time favorite.
Beautifully written, almost poetic in a down-to-earth way. Kingsolver's main character copes in a loveless marriage and finds herself and her true potential when butterflies and scientists come her way.
It's not predictable and manages to sympathetically handle the threatening end of a marriage and a species with intelligence, examining them from a number of different angles. I could see all the characters very clearly in my mind while I was reading (listening). The scene with the lamb's birth brought me to tears.
Barbara Kingsolver weaves a story that hooks you in and makes you part of the weft. Her characters are like no one you have ever known and a best friend at the same time.
Kingsolver manages to shed light on the grave possibilities waiting for the world if we don't alter our own behaviors and soon.
This is a beautiful book, one of my favourites. I enjoy the author's narration and don't think she needs an actor to do it. Her style really fit the main character's voice.
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