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Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolver
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Jan 04, 15

Read in November, 2011

I love Barbara Kingsolver, but this book was awful. Every character who passed through the pages was there to reinforce the "white man selfish" "Cherokee poor, but very love family" stereotype that the book beat you over the head with, page after page. The white guy the protagonist has a date with brings one apple on a picnic for three. The teenage Cherokee boy shows off the fish he's just caught to his grandmother and asks her to choose some - "a teenager showing love for his grandmother, shocking!" thinks the narrator, all bowled over with amazement. Please, I wanted to vomit on every page. There are 2 decent white guys in this book: they're both in wheelchairs. Apparently, if you want to be saved from the curse and stigma of being white, you just need to acquire a handicap that requires a wheelchair. The book was painful to read and I only finished it so that I could give an informed criticism. Very disappointing from the woman who is still my favorite author.
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Ange I find this a surprising comment, especially given that Taylor and Alice were decent " white guys" who had cared for Turtle, also Jax.


Steve I agree Ange. I feel like I read a completely diferent book


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