From Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, The Bean Trees, and other modern classics, Animal Dreams is a passionate and complex novel about love, forgiveness, and one womans struggle to find her place in the world.At the end of her rope, Codi Noline returns to her Arizona home to face her ailing father, with whom she has a difficult, distant relationship There she meets handsome Apache trainman Loyd Peregrina, who tells her, If you want sweet dreams, youve got to live a sweet life.Filled with lyrical writing, Native American legends, a tender love story, and Codis quest for identity, Animal Dreams is literary fiction at its very best.This edition includes a P.S section with additional insights from Barbara Kingsolver, background material, suggestions for further reading, and ....
|Title||:||Animal Dreams: A Novel|
|Publisher||:||Harper Perennial Reissue edition May 7, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
|File Size||:||690 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Animal Dreams: A Novel Reviews
This book, like most Kingsolver books, is about many things, but let us just say that it is about a woman finding her place in the world while a tempest of uncertainty swirls around her.
Barbara Kingsolver's stories never fail to draw me in. Her characters are deeply human, always real. I find myself at times wishing I knew them outside of the pages. It was the same with Animal Dreams. I felt as if I was right there in Grace, AZ with them all. This book was a very enjoyable read. I might have given it 5 starts but for one issue. Towards the end of the story I felt as if there were missing chapters, as if the author jumped a section or two ahead and there was more to it left untold. Or perhaps I just wished it would continue on and on.
I love the way Barbara Kingsolver writes. She doesn't have a specific genre except great writing. I embrace her eclectic choices and that makes me explore her writing all the more. In this book, which had been on my wishlist for a long time, it took me a little while to get involved but then when I did, I couldn't put it down. I related to the protagonist on so many levels, and in my 63 years, I have to say, it was introspectively eye-opening. I have some Native American blood in me, although it's Ojibwe and not Pueblo, Apache, or Navajo, I related so well to the wonderful descriptions Loyd offered to Codi. In another aspect, my dad died from Alzheimer's 2 years ago and I related a little to what her father was going through as well as Codi's responses to her father. At one time in the book, I got angry with Codi from even considering running away from Loyd and that wonderful life. That, however, speaks of Barbara's amazing connection she makes between the characters and the reader. With that said, my heart broke with the news of her sister. I will be grieving at my loss of that sister too. My advice is that if it's dragging a little at the beginning, hang on, it will pick up speed and you won't want to jump off.
This was Barbara Kingsolver's third novel, and it shows her great understanding of nature, humanity and how love really is all we need.