Maya Jaggi gets down and dirty in the Appalachians with Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer. Barbara Kingsolver, a writer praised for her”extravagantly gifted narrative voice” Prodigal Summer weaves together three stories of human love within a larger. HA beguiling departure for Kingsolver, who generally tackles social themes with trenchantly serious messages, this sentimental but honest novel exhibits a.

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I do love Ms. Overall, a delightful, thoughtful and refreshing novel.

The relationships are complex and sexy and intriguing. She writes very lyrically, you’ll skmmer to savor this one. They would go their own ways, of their own accord. In a pointed irony, assiduous sperm get the better of Eddie’s impressive array of prophylactics.

I kept reading just because I had heard such great things about her first book, but I was really disappointed. It’s not that I don’t love Nature; I do. Through the course of the book, we see Garnett start to open up a bit–at first he’s really difficult to understand with his old-man thinking.

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 harbara a hundred or even fifty years time.

Left in “terror of chemicals” partly by the birth of a Down’s syndrome ;rodigal who died young, Nannie enforces a “no-spray zone” around her organic orchard. This is a novel that insists on the shared animality of humans, regardless of their efforts to subdue mingsolver.

Jul 06, Karah rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Creatures lived, and mated, and died; they came and went, as surely as summer did. I don’t want it to end! She did this in Poisonwood, too, but that one was a story all about a religious hypocrite. Deanna lives her outdoor life surrounded by the ghosts of extinct species as well as her failed marriage. But, unfortunately, for four consecutive reads, I found her characters about as unrelatable as psychopaths in an asylum in the s.

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It’s a book you feel the truth and the rightness of, down deep in your gut. But it is less effective when it comes off preachy. That’s why I’ve given her chance after chance. For me this loses the book one star. If I’d only known how prophetic that was!

I can smell the grass and trees, feel the butterflies fluttering by, feel the heat, and hear the birds.

Lusa and Deanna share several deep rooted beliefs about pesticides and nature although they don’t know each other.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I can’t remember the name of the third protaganist, but he is a very religious retired agricultural vocational teacher in his eighties. Their story isn’t so much love as it is obsession.

Kingsolver pays tribute to the natural world while quietly testifying that we can either live in communion with it or kingsoolver to its demise.

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

I often wondered what a conversation might have sounded like between the two camps, if they ever collided in the teacher’s lounge. Garnett Walker can’t help but admire his cantankerous neighbor’s legs even while condemning her wearing of “short pants” as “indecent exposure.

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. May 28, Emma rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: To ask other readers questions about Prodigal Summerplease sign up. Wikipedia abhors a vacuum. On the other hand, the most despicable of her characters, the most small-minded and snipey, were always big church-goers. The characters are very real and very honest, they have faults but they confront them.


In the beginning I was bit suummer because there is a insta-lust scene in the first chapter, but after that the pieces in the puzzle fell together nicely. There’s some great humor included in the book as well, and some very amusing dialogue. Preview — Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.

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First Group Read-January 1 20 Jan 03, As far as Garnett is concerned, “Success without chemicals was impossible. Finally there is “Old Chestnuts” which focuses on Garnett and Nannie, two old folks who have lived next door to each other their whole lives.

At any rate, it’s impressive that Prodigal Summer was written 6 years before the The Omnivore’s Dilemma came out even though it feels like it’s riding that manifesto’s wave. Prodigal Summer tells the story of a small town in Appalachia during a single, humid summer, when three interweaving stories of love, loss and family unfold against the backdrop of the lush wildness of Virginia mountains.

Men try to control nature and don’t understand it. I really enjoyed Prodigal Summer and the three intertwining stories with a good moral to the story and ecological questions throughout – it was my type of language and my first Kingsolver novel read.