Pigs in Heaven Hardcover – 1 Jun 1993
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"Possessed of an extravagantly gifted narrative voice, Kingsolver blends a fierce and abiding moral vision with benevolent concise humor. Her medicine is meant for the head, the heart and the soul.""--New York Times Book Review""A novel full of miracles.""--Newsweek""Full of wit, compassion, and intelligence." "--People""There is no one quite like Barbara Kingsolver in contemporary literature. Her dialogue sparkles with sassy wit and the earthy poetry of ordinary folks' talk; her descriptions have a magical lyricism rooted in daily life but also on familiar terms with the eternal." "--Washington Post Book World""Kingsolver makes you care about her characters to the point of tears; she is bitingly funny--and she writes like a dream.""--San Francisco Chronicle""Breathtaking...unforgettable....This profound, funny, bighearted novel, in which people actually find love and kinship in surprising places, is also heavenly....A rare feat and a triumph.""--Cosmopolitan""That rare combination of a dynamic story told in dramatic language, combined with issues that are serious, debatable and painful...[it's] about the human heart in all its shapes and ramifications.""--Los Angeles Times Book Review""A crackerjack storyteller...Kingsolver has a way with miracles. One is the way she opens her plot to them. The other is the way she makes us believe.""--Newsweek""Immensely readable, warmhearted...brim[ming] with down-home wisdom and endearing characters.""--Boston Globe" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Barbara Kingsolver's Pigs in Heaven is the heartwarming sequel to The Bean Trees, by the Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of The Poisonwood Bible and The Lacuna. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Fourkiller does nothing at all to bring justice to the tribe that allowed the abuse of one of their own children but instead drives the adoptive mother from her home with her daughter.
I am not sure what message Kingsolver was trying to give a racist message but that was the one I got.
This is a thoughtful book which mainly concentrates on Taylor, her adopted daughter and her mother Alice as well as Annawake the lawyer. None of these people are well off, many of them have made bad life choices in the past, and they are all presented with new opportunities in the course of the book. No one is all good or all bad and most of the characters are slightly quirky. Although it is a feel good novel it isn’t sentimental at all.
This is a book about real families. Families with broken relationships, lapsed friendships, and divided loyalties which all seem very true to life. The characters are all working class and struggle to make ends meet. Many of them have trauma in the past and they all have challenges in the present. I thought that the characters in this book were very realistic and very sympathetic (except perhaps for Barbie who has few redeeming features). The main issue of the book is a complex one and there are no easy answers, although the book does offer a way out in this particular set of circumstances.
I really enjoyed rereading this book. I liked its wry humour and the unusual minor characters. I thought that the author presented the issue well and gave the reader a true understanding of what Annawake was concerned about and why. It’s a very enjoyable read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A superb follow-up to The Bean Trees. A moving story of family and community values. Gripping.
Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favourite writers.
The start was very slow- like where I have got to "pigs in Heaven". Very interesting.Published 4 months ago by Sheila Sinclair
Really good sequel to the Bean Trees. Read it on holiday - hearwarming while challenging.Published 5 months ago by Sally F.
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A well told tale, beautifully written. I was so sorry I finished this book as I would like to hear more about Turtle, Taylor etcPublished 8 months ago by Zorro
Wonderful book. Beautiful writing and use of words. A real page turner for me.Published 12 months ago by Janjar
Recommended to all. The best yet. Joyful yet serious. Really strong characters. Loved it.
An insight into Cherokee culture, never previously seen.