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  • Title: Prodigal Summer
  • Author: Barbara Kingsolver
  • ISBN: 9780060959036
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Paperback
  • Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia.From her outpost in an isolated mountain cabin, Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region She is caught off guard by a younProdigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia.From her outpost in an isolated mountain cabin, Deanna Wolfe, a reclusive wildlife biologist, watches a den of coyotes that have recently migrated into the region She is caught off guard by a young hunter who invades her most private spaces and confounds her self assured, solitary life On a farm several miles down the mountain, Lusa Maluf Landowski, a bookish city girl turned farmer s wife, finds herself unexpectedly marooned in a strange place where she must declare or lose her attachment to the land that has become her own And a few miles down the road, a pair of elderly feuding neighbors tend their respective farms and wrangle about God, pesticides, and the possibilities of a future neither of them expected.Over the course of one humid summer, these characters find their connections to one another and to the flora and fauna with whom they share a place Prodigal Summer demonstrates a balance of narrative, drama and ideas that is characteristic of Barbara Kingsolver s finest work.
    Prodigal Summer Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger tapestry of lives inhabiting the forested mountains and struggling small farms of southern Appalachia From her outpost in an

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    1. Lots of different subplots that eventually intertwine, includes a love story too She writes very lyrically, you ll want to savor this one Nature animal lovers will appreciate this one too Something for everyone, this one is probably in my all time top 10 or 15 list.2nd reading This is not a book to read but a book to feel It s a book you feel the truth and the rightness of, down deep in your gut.

    2. Ok What gives, Kingsolver I have adored her work for years, and had this particular book sitting on my shelf for a long time unread I picked it up to read recently, and went oh yeah, that s why i d tried previous times to read it and couldn t get into it I m usually a stickler for the getting in to it factor if something doesnt hold my attention, or is downright fucking painful, within the first chapter, i have to ditch it.but no i gave Barb K the benefit of the doubt i mean, she wrote the Poiso [...]

    3. Onvan Prodigal Summer Nevisande Barbara Kingsolver ISBN 60959037 ISBN13 9780060959036 Dar 444 Safhe Saal e Chap 2000

    4. I don t want it to end There s still much life for these characters to lead and I want to be there for it Although I guess it has to end somewhere The BEAUTIFUL NATURAL WORLD she gives my kingdom to know so much and be so deeply involved in the real world around me This week, I met the wooly bear caterpillar and the granite spiny lizard at Mission Trails, both locals I can t wait to meet and learn about Thank goodness for parks and rangers at least SOMEONE is maintaining this knowledge Her wri [...]

    5. As usual in a Kingsolver book the writing in Prodigal Summer is just beautiful and the descriptions lyrical It is a book to read carefully and slowly and just enjoy.Several different stories run parallel and tie up eventually towards the end of the book I found my interest in each story uneven and tended to rush the parts about Garnett Walker because I became tired of his constant, repetitive musings and I wanted to get back to Deanna or Lusa However I never rushed any of their parts The author [...]

    6. I first read Barbara Kingsolver maybe 10 years ago and really liked her Since then, I ve discovered authors like Edna Forbes and Alice Hoffman who also both have an interest in the lives of rural women, rich narratives and, sometimes magical realism That said, Kingsolver is still very much at the top of this field However, this book left me somewhat disappointed by the end for two reasons 1 Big themes without spoiling too much, the theme of this book is that evolution is always going on and that [...]

    7. Overall, a delightful, thoughtful and refreshing novel I loved the pure joy, the contagious adoration, for nature from top predators to insects to extinct trees to blossoming weeds that shines through the pages My only real gripe with the book is that, on occasion, this love morphs into rather a preachy cautionary tale, or scolding it could still have been powerfully ecological and progressive without the few soap box passages Another message is the sometimes lovely, sometimes scary, ever powerf [...]

    8. I think my favorite line of poetry from this book is He made love to me like a farmer She then goes on to talk about milking cows and tilling the land while describing their love making Maybe I ve just known too many farmers in my life and found none of them in the least bit attractive There is nothing romantic about the smell of manure on a man And anyway, I think that line sums up the depth of this book pretty well From the first chapter I knew I was in trouble when one of the leading ladies e [...]

    9. I enjoyed Kingsolver s Poisonwood Bible so much that for some reason I delayed reading this one does that make sense I just liked the idea of another unread novel by her being out there, waiting for me to read something I was saving like a piece of rich dark chocolate Her descriptions of the natural world are lovely The relationships are complex and sexy and intriguing My favorite story line is the romance between Deanna and Eddie It reminds me of the romance in The River Why , another book I wi [...]

    10. This is my favorite of Barbara Kingsolver s fiction.Three stories weave together into a beautiful story of nature, love, and family The biology Kingsolver integrates in the narrative is educational and fascinating The three threads begin with Predators which follows Deanna, who is a Forest Preserve ranger and lives alone in a small cabin high upon Zebulon Mountain She unexpectedly begins a romance with a roaming coyote poacher, although Deanna is working tirelessly to protect a hidden den of coy [...]

    11. I had to create a new shelf for this book as I couldn t put it on my literary fiction shelf as I don t believe people will be reading this book in a hundred or even fifty years time it was too heavy to be categorised as chick lit.I had a lot of problems with this book.For one thing, it featured multiple points of view which I m not a fan of At least it didn t go back forth in time as well.I was far interested in Lusa s story than the other two although my interest in Deanna s was high at the st [...]

    12. This book is hot.It s my favorite Barbara Kingsolver novel.I came away liking coyotes And grieving the American chestnut.

    13. Reading this is a joyous experience Other people have written long and thoughtful reviews but I ll just say that I loved its exuberance a light exuberance, not at all boisterous and its gentle, often funny, exploration of family and neighbourly business.I returned it to the friend who lent it to me and bought a copy to keep She had said Try this when I confessed I had never been able to get into The Poisonwood Bible, didn t want to read about missionaries in Africa Thank you Lisa

    14. Very descriptive and calming Three stories tied into one, and cleaned up neatly at the end A good summertime read.I read this book again, so I can write a better review, since this book definitely deserves a second thought.This is a book to be savored, meaning, it is not a light easy read, and it isn t fluff It isn t loaded with heavy issues Barbara Kingsolver s Poisonwood Bible is definitely a heavier chunk o reading compared to this but I feel to truly appreciate Prodigal Summer , one must be [...]

    15. Prodigal Summer tells the stories of several different people clustered around a deep valley in Southern Appalachia Deana is wildlife biologist who works for the forest service She enjoys her hermitic existence living in a cabin on a mountain, keeping track of the wildlife in the National Forest This all changes when a young hunter comes into her life, for whom she feels a strong physical desire Lusa is an academic who marries a farmer from the valley, and moves with him onto his farm She is wid [...]

    16. I ve read and enjoyed all of Barbara Kingsolver s novels but Prodigal Summer stands out for me The opening lines promise that you re going on a journey into the minds of memorable characters Her body moved with the frankness that comes from solitary habits But solitude is only a human presumption What follows doesn t disappoint.Three parallel stories unfold of characters quite unalike on the surface and yet connected in deeper ways that resonate profoundly It would have been easy and predictable [...]

    17. Except when I go camping, I don t spend a lot of time or energy thinking about ecology Much like indoor plumbing, I think it s a good thing and I m glad there are folks out in the world who are knowledgeable about it, but neither are something I m especially passionate about And that is probably why a copy of this book has been sitting on my physical bookshelf for approximately five or six years I ve read and enjoyed other books by this author and have had other people recommend this book specif [...]

    18. The Circle of LifeIn this book author Barbara Kingsolver really takes the liberty within this book to assert her views on the circle of life, nature, the land, plant, animal and human life existing in conjunction to each other She rolls this philosophy up into the lives of three main characters who live two in a small town and one in the mountains above the town in the Appalachias Deanna has been living as a forest services ranger for two years and studying the wild life peacefully before Eddie [...]

    19. The family is the glue that holds human civilization together In PRODIGAL SUMMER, Kingsolver demonstrates that the foundations of the earth are also the foundations of the family, that there is no human without nature As Nannie Rawley says, Everything alive is connected to every other by fine, invisible threads A human community is just another kind of ecosystem, supported, nourished, and made possible by the natural world The novel follows three different people through their three different ex [...]

    20. Calling all nature lovers I really loved this book and think that if anyone loves summer and living things and plants and animals and learning about nature, they will love it too It wasn t exactly a page turner in that I had to pick it up every second I wasn t reading, but it was extremely interesting It took place in the summer and ends in autumn so it was kind of neat to start it towards the end of summer and end it as fall was beginning If you ve never read Barbara Kingsolver, her books are f [...]

    21. I bought this book at a library sale and was so excited because I just loved The Poisonwood Bible by her I could not stop talking about it This book was kind of disappointing in that it took me until about page 162 to get into it, and even then, it wasn t the life changer that the other one was But, it did get me thinking about gardening and beekeeping and fun things I d like to do someday There was a lot of sex in it In fact, the whole book was about reproduction and evolutions of all kinds ani [...]

    22. Barbara Kingsolver has this ability to set a scene, and make it feel so lush She really hits on all the senses, and that just pulls me right in to the story as if I m watching the fireflies in a briar patch on a sweltering summer night in Appalachia Not to mention all the steamy sexy scenes Ha cha The story is a summer in the life of 3 women near a small town in rural Kentucky, told from alternating points of view The book doesn t have a traditional plot arc but of the day in the life feel, alt [...]

    23. I liked this book, and I liked the message, but even though I agreed with her it was a little preachy All the characters kept getting in arguments that involved long exposition about how important each species is to the balance of nature all around it She didn t just leave it there, which was a relief I mean, there were those for preserving nature and growing organically and so on, and the ones who opposed them were portrayed as appearing kind of dumb at first, but then as those people were educ [...]

    24. This novel, which jumps back and forth through the lives and stories of a few strong characters, really gets to the core of what life is about and how people tend to deal with it I find this book really easy to connect with The characters are very real and very honest, they have faults but they confront them This book is full of passion, romance, strong friendships, deceit, hard choices and many other disturbing and encompassing aspects of human nature It is amazingly easy to get attached to the [...]

    25. This was the second book I read by Kingslover, and I admit, a little leery as Poisonwood Bible was the my only experience and that book sincerely disappointed however, Prodigal Summer was a sheer delight and I m glad I tried another novel by Kingslover.This novel is feast for anyone who celebrates nature writing Kingslover captures the essence of the blue ridge mountains in Virginia and all the competing interests that are being grappled with in this region today Besides the joy this book gives [...]

    26. This is really sort of three novels in one Predators, Moth Love, and Old Chestnuts The book alternates among the three stories, which take place within a few miles of each other The stories do turn out to be related in the end, but each reads like a separate story I liked the Moth Love thread the best out of the three The stories themselves rated about 3 to 3.5 stars for me, but I m bumping it up to four stars overall because of the author s knowledge and beautiful writing about the natural worl [...]

    27. okay, so this is my mad dash back to the bookstore at the airport book i chose it because i liked the poisonwood bible so much this is definitely much different, and if i would have read the inside cover reviews calling the novel sexually exuberant i wouldn t have bought it however, i m not all the way done with it, but i ve been kind of sucked into the storylines now and i can t NOT finish it so, the jury s still out.okay, so i just finished and i was bugged by the ending it didn t have the kin [...]

    28. Prodigal Summer is three different stories all set in the farms and mountains of Appalachia For most of the book the tri fold plots remain distinct entities They are tied neatly together towards the novel s end The text is rich with evocative descriptions which make even the mating rituals of insects seem erotic Kingsolver uses this work of fiction to teach us about the importance of predators to the overall balance of nature Fiction is usually better when the author s agenda isn t quite so obvi [...]

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