From Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, The Bean Trees, and other modern classics, Animal Dreams is a passionate and complex novel about love, forgiveness, and one woman’s struggle to find her place in the world.
At the end of her rope, Codi Noline returns to her Arizona home to face her ailing father, with whom she has a difficult, dis...more
And yet... having read it when I did, I was able to identify with some elements of the what the character was experiencing, even if I didn't...more
And every character is filled with so much wisdom and humor that I feel like I was given a sneak peak into Kingsolver's personality. Eve...more
Kingsolver writing is so earthy, playful and gorgeous at the same time. She weaves in these metaphors about globalism and environmentalism (in the most non-...more
I can rifle the pages of Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Dreams and easily find my favorite part. I have many. It's unfair to pick one favorite part of a book the same way it's unfair to pick one favorite child. This book touches me on a level I struggle to even describe. I feel a bit like it's a cop-out, choosing a book that I teach as my favorite book. It's a bit like saying your favorite outfit is your work uniform. Does it help that hours of painful draw...more
The pretty woman in her early 40's refused to sell it to me, instead wanting me to take it for free. I insisted and gave her a buck for all three. She lives in a tiny little pink and turquoise casita around the corner and up the street from my flat which I have always lovingly admired. Now having read the book I feel like there was some sort of "Never Endi...more
Codi (Cosima - for "Order in the Cosmos") Noline returns to Grace, AZ to care for an ailing father and to try to come to grips with her own past. Fearing loss and hurt, she struggles to remain "apart" from everything, even as she becomes more enmeshed with the townspeople and their plight. Her relationships with a distant fathe...more
An essential quality of a novel is its ability to take us into the consciousness of another person. In that respect Kingsolver succeeds. Codi is a feminine, anti-hero. Kingsolver takes us into all of Codi's doubts and misgivings. We experience the broken and the whole moments of her life.
Unfortunately there are unexplored and incomplete elements in Codi's life that are not fully...more
Much of the story was about Codi, the narrator, coming to terms with coming to the h...more
How do these things find us just when we need them? I think...more
I waited a long time to read this - 19 years, in fact. I'm like that with some books. I know I'm going to read them, but the time has to be "right." In some cases like The Last Temptation of Christ that I carted around for ten years, "right" meant I had to mature as a reader - and maybe that's what it meant for Animal Dreams. I knew from the...more
The main character is a tall female like me, and I l...more
The most fascinating thing about Codi is that she remembers things she can't possibly remember in real life, but has forgotten large chunks of her life, especially her childhood. She's very close to her sister, whose presence permeates the boo...more
I love the Arizona setting, the ecology, Native American, and saving the world themes but I think Barbara Kingsolver expores all of these them...more
In high school, Hallie and I were beneath Trish's stratum of normal conversation. I remembered every day of those years, no lapses there. Once in the bathroom I'd heard her call us the bean-pole sisters, and speculate that we wore hand-me-down underwear. I wondered how the rules had changed. Had I come up in the world, or Trish down? Or perhaps growing up meant we put our knives away and feigned ignorance of the damage.
If Grace gets poisoned, if all these trees die and this land g...more
It's set in Arizona, and the setting is beautifully described. "Over our heads was a chalky full moon with cloud rubbed across it, like something incompletely erased."
I especially enjoyed the parts of the book dealing with Native American culture. The description of the ancient pueblos and how they were built to blend with the landscape was appealing.
I like Codi, the main chara...more
"The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof."
"Awareness is everything. Hallie once pointed out to me that people worry a lot more about the eternity after their deaths than the...more
A 3.5 rounded down. If I had read this when it was written in 1990...more