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Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
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Dec 26, 12

Read in December, 2012

I typically love Barbara Kingsolver's work, but this felt like an anomaly. In Flight Behavior, she takes on too many large themes with far too little plot to substantiate them.

Large swaths of the book consist of the narrator, an obvious author stand-in, carrying out everyday tasks while elaborating on the large themes that construct her constant internal monologue: the environment, red states vs. blue states, rural America vs. urban America, gender roles, faith, family.

The result is terrible pacing. The story's central conflict never develops enough depth to hold up the protagonist's musings. Additionally, for a story with central themes on combating misconceptions about poor rural Southerners, these rural Southern characters are not fully developed enough to move past stereotype. Even when some cross to the right side of the central conflict, the story culminates in getting away from these people.
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