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on 15 November 2014
I don't know why I bought this book, I didn't think I was going to like it but I thought I needed to read something different from the usual stuff I read. Barbara Kingsolver is not going to win a Nobel prize, not with this book anyway, her grammar is a bit strange in places and it's not really vivid nor beautiful writing. But she's got a good tale and I think she describes her people well though the only one who really comes across as a person is the main protagonist, Dellarobia. I think she is an alter-ego for the author. She's a bit of a cliché as a heroine, struggling to be free of an oppressing situation. But there are some interesting truths in there and insights into behaviour and comments on the workings of the world, nothing incredibly profound but good stuff nevertheless. I think there's some insightful description of a certain type of poverty where people are not really poor, but relatively so. The main background theme, global warming, is connected with people's lives and the point driven home. Maybe it's a little preachy, but it is after all a question the importance of which is difficult to exaggerate.
Get over the beginning. The very start it seemed it was going to be sentimental nonsense, though the bit about the second-hand boots is good, and then you need to persevere a good while to get involved, it's slow to start. But it's worth it in the end. It gives you a reason to sort your rubbish at least.