Thursday, November 29, 2012

Flight Behavior review

Barbara Kingsolver has a special way with language and Flight Behavior certainly exemplifies that. The story of Dellarobia Turnbow --a wife and mother so unsatisfied with her marriage and her life on the farm that she resigns herself to an affair. Hiking through the woods to meet the man she has decided will allow her to escape her mundane existence, she discovers something extraordinary. A gift of nature so amazing and powerful that her family will never be able to go back to "before" and every single person becomes is forced to reexamine who they are and what they mean to each other.

I loved what was at the heart of this story. How "family" can mean so many different things and how, no matter what, family members have to join together and walk through life as a unit, rather than separate moving parts. 


I also thought the environmental aspects were honest, well-researched, and showed the passion Kingsolver has for issues such as logging and other eco-tragedies. Her conviction can come off a bit harsh at times, but I loved that she didn't necessarily take a politically correct route, but stuck to what she wanted to get across to her readers. 

I occasionally had a bit of trouble getting through the dense language, but it was worth it. Not always able to connect with Dellarobia, I connected to the book through the mesmerizing plot. Though beautifully written, some sections tended to be overly wordy, rather than just gorgeous prose, but I was ok with it. I wanted to know more. Kingsolver is really known for that style of writing, so her fans will be very pleased. Overall, an excellent book for so many different types of readers: environmentalists, plot-driven novel fans, the list could go on and on. 

You can check out Kingsolver's website here





Flight Behavior
Barbara Kingsolver
448 pages
Harper
9780062124265
November 2012
Review copy

1 comment:

heathertlc said...

"no matter what, family members have to join together and walk through life as a unit, rather than separate moving parts" - what a beautiful image!

I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks for being on the tour.