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Flight Behavior: A Novel (edition 2012)

by Barbara Kingsolver

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Title:Flight Behavior: A Novel
Authors:Barbara Kingsolver
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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

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Kingsolver presents the story of Dellarobia Turnbow and the butterfly miracle with the full force of her environmentalism and as a call to the world to understand, finally, the devastating impacts of climate change on all life. An easy to read, engaging story about something that is, quite frankly, terrifying. #FlightBehaviour #Kingsolver ( )
  PennyAnne | Oct 15, 2014 |
Wonderful book. ( )
  SarahStenhouse | Oct 9, 2014 |
Being a Kingsolver fan, I began this book with high expectations and I must say was somewhat disappointed. The story begins with Dellarobia, a married mother of 2 about to commit adultery and pausing in her flight by what looks like a fire on a mountain which turns out to be thousands of orange Monarch butterflies. It is a story of climate change, of discovering what one has lost due to previous decisions, of dealing with poverty. It is a discovery of buried secrets and realizations that there is often more than what appears to be.
i was engaged but just felt it missed the mark and unfortunately was perplexed with the ending. ( )
  AstridG | Sep 27, 2014 |
This is a difficult one to rate and review. At times I could have give this 4-5 stars but found in the end 3 is more accurate for me. A lot of good things in this book - first of all, I couldn't put it down for 3 days. If I was a mother I may have been able to read this without so much eye rolling - the descriptions of children and toddlers' behavior (with food, public places etc) were a bit nauseating. So much with regards to how crappy America is with keeping the poor poor and the rich rich felt very accurate along with how most of us can only see things from our own point of view. The things that Dellarobia knew and didn't know just didn't really jive for me. Cub seemed like the least believable character to me. Generally men who are beaten down by their parents would in turn beat down on their wife - not be a big placid lump. ( )
  viviennestrauss | Sep 24, 2014 |
Wonderful book. The factual parts about the Monarch butterflies is fascinating and frightening. I enjoy the way she writes and found the characters well-developed and interesting. Definitely worth your time. ( )
  padmacatell | Sep 8, 2014 |
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Climate change, for every good and topical reason, headlines Barbara Kingsolver’s marvelous eighth novel. But not to be undersold are its characters, rendered so believably and affectionately, they warm the atmosphere on their own.
 
...... Kingsolver's masterly evocation of an age – ours, here, now – stumbling wilfully blind towards the abyss is an elegy not just for the endangered monarch butterfly, but for the ambitious, flawed species that conjured the mass extinction of which its loss is a part. Urgent issues demand important art. Flight Behaviour rises – with conscience and majesty – to the occasion of its time.
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For Virginia Henry Kingsolver and Wendell Roy Kingsolver
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A certain feeling comes from throwing your good life away, and it is one part rapture.
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Realistically, it probably wasn't slave children, but there had to be armies of factory workers making this slapdash stuff, underpaid people cranking out things for underpaid people to buy and use up, living their lives mostly to cancel each other out. A worldwide entrapment of bottom feeders.
If people played their channels right, they could be spared from disagreement for the length of their natural lives. Finally she got it. The need for so many channels.
There are always more questions. Science as a process is never complete. It is not a foot race, with a finish line. He warned her about this as a standard point of contention. People will always be waiting at a particular finish line: journalists with their cameras, impatient crowds eager to call the race, astounded to see the scientists approach, pass the mark, and keep running. It's a common misunderstanding, he said. They conclude there was no race. As long as we won't commit to knowing everything, the presumption is we know nothing.
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Flight Behavior transfixes from its opening scene, when a young woman's narrow experience of life is thrown wide with the force of a raging fire. In the lyrical language of her native Appalachia, Barbara Kingsolver bares the rich, tarnished humanity of her novel's inhabitants and unearths the modern complexities of rural existence. Characters and reader alike are quickly carried beyond familiar territory here, into the unsettled ground of science, faith, and everyday truces between reason and conviction.
Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she has settled for permanent disappointment but seeks momentary escape through an obsessive flirtation with a younger man. As she hikes up a mountain road behind her house to a secret tryst, 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. The bewildering emergency draws rural farmers into unexpected acquaintance with urbane journalists, opportunists, sightseers, and a striking biologist with his own stake in the outcome. 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.
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Climate change is bad / But what to do? Kingsolver / has all the answers.
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Set in the present day in the rural community of Feathertown, Tennessee, Flight Behavior tells the story of Dellarobia Turnbow, a petite, razor-sharp 29-year-old who nurtured worldly ambitions before becoming pregnant and marrying at seventeen. Now, after more than a decade of tending to small children on a failing farm, oppressed by poverty, isolation and her husband's antagonistic family, she has mitigated her boredom by surrendering to an obsessive flirtation with a handsome younger man. In the opening scene, Dellarobia is headed for a secluded mountain cabin to meet this man and initiate what she expects will be a self-destructive affair. But the tryst never happens. Instead, she walks into something on the mountainside she cannot explain or understand: a forested valley filled with silent red fire that appears to her a miracle. After years lived entirely in the confines of one small house, Dellarobia finds her path suddenly opening out, chapter by chapter, into blunt and confrontational engagement with her family, her church, her town, her continent, and finally the world at large.--publisher.… (more)

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