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Flight Behavior

A Novel

Kingsolver, Barbara

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Flight Behavior
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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. Tired of living on a failing farm and suffering oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a potential lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062124265
Characteristics: 436 p. ;,24 cm.

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Sep 13, 2014
  • nancy12849 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Just not what I expected by the reviews and from Ms. Kingsolver. Very slow - need to push through. Not one I would recommend.

Jul 02, 2014
  • j7swiftlib rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Poor Babs peaked with Poisonwood Bible. Hard to enjoy this one. It attempts to be smart and funny but ends up a yawner.

Jul 01, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

There are many reasons to like this book, including its overall theme of climate change and the role of scientists in communicating to the public. However, the story of a working class Appalachian family, while sympathetic, was too predictable.

Another great book by Kingsolver. She weaves an important environmental message into an interesting story, using her wonderfully descriptive images.

Jan 26, 2014
  • BTVS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Kingslover is not a consistently good writer, I have not enjoyed much of her recent work but I did enjoy this book. The symbolism of the breakdown of rural life and protagonists' marriage with the breakdown of environment due to climate change is brilliant. The glimpses into family life, rummaging through the second hand stores or negotiating relations with a crusty mother-in-law are charming. The long diatribes about the reality of climate change put into the mouth of the scientist were unsuitable for an informed audience but perhaps Kingslover knows many of her audience, like Bear and Hester, don't believe in a god who would allow harm to come to those who are truly saved.

I have read many of Kingsolvers books. The overall story was interesting, but the character development and small details left something to be desired. I look forward to reading more Kingsolver, however, this is not my first recommendation for first-timers.

Nov 29, 2013
  • diggie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sometimes clunky but alive and passionate. i think the heart of the novel is a quiet scene about the delicacy of buying second hand clothes in a small town.

Not my first Kingsolver book and certainly not my last. She has a great gift of character development. This book was
deeply moving and showed not just literally the woman moving from being a young, uneducated mother to an educated engaged community leader but also gave us an insight into the frustration of those deeply involved in saving the environment, which the majority of us don't get and don't care enough about. Great book.

Oct 24, 2013
  • ITC rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

It took a long time to get through it because I kept falling asleep. I didn't need to read a fiction book to know that climate change is affecting the earth. I finished the book because many people gave it a high rating, but it was a yawner.

Oct 02, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kingsolver's book The Poisonwood Bible at one point was slated to win the Pulitzer prize, this book if at all possible, was more important, and more meaningful than that book. It shed light on my own ignorance of poor, uneducated towns across the World. It did this at the same time as explaining global warming in a way that not one person could deny I don't think.

One of the best conclusions to a novel that I have read all year.

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