- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571290779
- ISBN-13: 978-0571290772
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.6 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (390 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flight Behaviour Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012
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'Kingsolver's masterly evocation of an age - ours, here, now - stumbling willfully blind towards the abyss is an elegy ... for the ambitious, flawed species that conjured the mass extinction of which its loss is a part. Urgent issues demand important art. Flight Behaviour rises - with conscience and majesty - to the occasion of its time.' --Guardian
'A compelling plot with lyrical passages and flashes of humour. Absorbing and entertaining, Flight Behaviour engages the reader in the quotidian details of Dellarobia s life, while insisting that we never forget the crumbling world beneath her, and our, feet.' --Sunday Telegraph
'This is what Kingsolver does best, taking us deep into a character's heart while panning out for the political overview. She makes us think, believe and care - all at once ... And her prose is vivid and beautiful ... Kingsolver fans will love it.' --Sunday Times
'Kingsolver has an extraordinary understanding of family dynamics; her theme is climate change of every kind, and her prose is dense, lush and lovely.' --The Times
'Her descriptions of the everyday shearing day, immunising the sheep are surprisingly fascinating. There are many moments of lightness ... and of great beauty, too'. --Independent
'There are some beautifully written set pieces..... The last section has an almost epic quality as Dellarobia, ... alone on the mountain, moves outside herself and watches in a state of mind akin to ecstasy the apocalyptic fate of the family farm below. It reminds us that humanity seeks destruction as much as we seek stability and happiness.' --Irish Times
'All sorts of crazy wanting, both prosaic and earth-shattering, are shot through the intricate tapestry of Barbara Kingsolver's majestic and brave new novel, Flight Behavior. Her subject is both intimate and enormous ... How do we live, Kingsolver asks, and with what consequences, as we hurtle toward the abyss in these times of epic planetary transformation? And make no mistake about it, the stakes are that high.' --New York Times Book Review
'Flight Behaviour is an impressive work. It is complex, elliptical and well-observed.' --Observer
'Flight Behaviour [is] Barbara Kingsolver's 14th book [and] may be her most accessible novel yet.' --Express
'This is a poignant novel, funny and poetic, whose message about climate change is timely and true, and cannot be ignored.' --Scotsman
From the Orange Prize-winning author of The Lacuna comes a suspenseful and brilliant new novel about catastrophe and denial.See all Product Description
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Dellarobia Turnbow steps out from her back door intent on wrecking her marriage. For ten years she has lived a humdrum existence on her husband's family farm. She is heading for a secret tryst with a young telephone engineer, but in small town Tennessee can anything be kept secret? On her way she is stopped in her tracks by a natural wonder, a valley of fire. She returns to her home, glad of the wake up call, and her narrow escape from infidelity.
The Turnbow farm is struggling to survive. The recession has hit hard, wiping out the farm's meager profits. When her father-in-law decides he is going to allow a logging company to decimate his land's trees Dellarobia feels obliged to speak out. She exhorts her husband, Cub, to take look over the land. When he does he discovers the same unnatural wonder as his wife. Convinced that Dellarobia has had a vision, Cub blurts out in church what they have seen. A wondrous sight on private land suddenly becomes public property.
Flight Behaviour is about so many things it's hard to know where to start. At its heart is the interaction between three distinct groups of people. The media, who want to present the phenomenon in a way that will generate as many ratings as possible, the scientists, who want to present only the facts, and the farmers, who must do what's needed to preserve their livelihoods. Dellarobia sits in two camps. She is a farmer's wife, reliant on the farm turning a profit, but she yearns for more.Read more ›
There are the usual patches of vivid description and good insight into character and motivation. There are long extended metaphors of natural processes and evolutionary forces with their unforeseen consequences that are apt and well chosen; but all these don't add up to a great book.
The tale digressed and the structure became slack, making me reluctant to return to the tale. I could understand most of the folksy American vernacular but the mangled slangy speech and overuse of abbreviations like PBJ ( presumably peanut butter jelly) was tedious. The author has tried with her usual generous spirit to render the lives of disadvantaged people sympathetically. There is a palpable sense of her desperation in the face of an ignorant society slowly sawing itself off from its life support systems. She makes strong points concerning the dumbing down of the media and its misrepresentation of science. Interestingly, she is quite generous to the church,recognising its place as a bastion of a rural community without adequate social services.
She is amusing about the fatuous belief systems of the religious community while respecting the kindness and altruism of the pastor.
I'm sorry that the register of much of the language grated on my ear . Banal lives accurately rendered are banal.
I was pleased to finish this book. I persevered because I respect the author. I can't fully define why I wasn't more engaged. Perhaps it is because the author has an agenda that her characters must serve and it impairs their autonomy.
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Giving Barbara Kingsolver books as presents because I want to share the joy of reading this amazing writer.Published 1 day ago by Mrs.J Powell
A bit long but interesting topic and characters. Not sure if the criticism of redneck lifestyle is valid but the eco-friendly message was good.Published 22 days ago by twlbailey
While Barbara Kingsolver is not known as a writer of satire, she certainly has not avoided socially significant subjects. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Billy J. Hobbs
I have not been able to read this book as the print is so small and so pale. Don't buy this editionPublished 2 months ago by Peter Munro
I can read and re-read Barbara Kingsolver. She knows her craft. A thoroughly good, passionate, engaging writer.Published 2 months ago by Myco