The All-Powerful Atheismo: Animal Dreams was a terrible book.A terrible, terrible book.Tres terrible.
pute kisses like a man: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Animal Dreams was a terrible book.A terrible, terrible book.Tres terrible.well, it's better to talk about this stuff than sparkly vampires, whiny slutty vampires, poorly written smut, wizards, or whatever the hell else people think should be published wholesale.
The English Major: I just started reading it. The Poisonwood Bible will go down as her masterpiece.
vudukungfu: Hear this on NPR yesterday.
Marisyana: The English Major: I just started reading it. The Poisonwood Bible will go down as her masterpiece.If that was her masterpiece I shudder to think about how bad her other books are. I finished that abomination through sheer force of will.
sadbad: Marisyana: The English Major: I just started reading it. The Poisonwood Bible will go down as her masterpiece.If that was her masterpiece I shudder to think about how bad her other books are. I finished that abomination through sheer force of will.What? It's easily one of the best novels of the last few decades. Her message can be heavy handed but it's an incredibly compelling book.
Lsherm: If the article about the book was enough to put me to sleep, it doesn't bode well for the book itself.Is this lady worth reading or not?Also, I just finished reading "The Sisters Brothers" which was awfully damned good for a Western-themed novel, if people are looking to pick up something new.
GoodHomer: I really liked the Poisonwood Bible. It's about a family who's led into the jungle of Africa by their missionary father, who wants to civilize the savages with his Christian ways. It can get very depressing at times, but it's still really good
that bosnian sniper: I can appreciate environmentalist fiction
Cornelius Dribble: Wow, thanks for reminding me why I stopped reading Salon's book reviews years ago. I've never read Kingsolver (from the book's description, I'm guessing that Edward Abbey, Jim Harrison, and T. C. Boyle have done the sort of thing that she does, only they've done it a lot better), but how in heaven's creation can you trust the advice of a tin-eared book reviewer who doesn't seem to know the difference between great literature and good politics? Her reading of classic American fiction leaches out all its tragedy and complexity, until what we're left with are simple tales of class struggle--Horatio Alger for liberals, complete with Virgin Island-born, Harvard-educated entomologists named Ovid (as in "Metamorphoses," or what happens to caterpillars when they turn into butterflies--get it?)..It's too bad, because underneath all the Great-American-Novel cliches (which don't work anyway--she seems to think that they are all about social mobility--that Huckleberry Finn lit out for the territory, went to Stanford, and joined the educated middle class, or that Jay Gatsby's accumulation of ill-gotten wealth was somehow inspirational) and sentimental claptrap about a country dreaming with a straight face and embracing chaos, she makes some good points about the deterioration of America's small towns. We really could use another "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," "Up In the Old Hotel" or "Other America"--not another Great American Novel, but good old-fashioned American journalism.Oh, and can she really believe that no other country besides the USA has ever offered "the hope, however imperfect, for a better future"? That strikes me as American exceptionalism of the most boobishly chauvinistic sort.
saintwrathchild: Allow me to add Prodigal Summer to the "hate" and "forced to read it in college" piles.
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