Animal Dreams

Animal Dreams 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 on

  • Title: Animal Dreams
  • Author: Barbara Kingsolver
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  • Page: 368
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  • 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, disFrom 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, distant relationship There she meets handsome Apache trainman Loyd Peregrina, who tells her, If you want sweet dreams, you ve got to live a sweet life Filled with lyrical writing, Native American legends, a tender love story, and Codi s quest for identity, Animal Dreams is literary fiction at it s very best.This edition includes a P.S section with additional insights from Barbara Kingsolver, background material, suggestions for further reading, and .

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    About "Barbara Kingsolver"

    1. Barbara Kingsolver

      Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist, and poet She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in Africa in her early childhood Kingsolver earned degrees in Biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels Her most famous works include The Poisonwood Bible, the tale of a missionary family in the Congo, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a non fiction account of her family s attempts to eat locally.Her work often focuses on topics such as social justice, biodiversity, and the interaction between humans and their communities and environments Each of her books published since 1993 have been on The New York Times Best Seller list Kingsolver has received numerous awards, including the UK s Orange Prize for Fiction 2010, for The Lacuna and the National Humanities Medal She has been nominated for the PEN Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize.In 2000, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support literature of social change Kingsolver was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1955 and grew up in Carlisle in rural Kentucky When Kingsolver was seven years old, her father, a physician, took the family to the former Republic of Congo in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo Her parents worked in a public health capacity, and the family lived without electricity or running water.After graduating from high school, Kingsolver attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana on a music scholarship, studying classical piano Eventually, however, she changed her major to biology when she realized that classical pianists compete for six job openings a year, and the rest of them get to play Blue Moon in a hotel lobby She was involved in activism on her campus, and took part in protests against the Vietnam war She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1977, and moved to France for a year before settling in Tucson, Arizona, where she would live for much of the next two decades In 1980 she enrolled in graduate school at the University of Arizona, where she earned a Master s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology.Kingsolver began her full time writing career in the mid 1980s as a science writer for the university, which eventually lead to some freelance feature writing She began her career in fiction writing after winning a short story contest in a local Phoenix newspaper In 1985 she married Joseph Hoffmann their daughter Camille was born in 1987 She moved with her daughter to Tenerife in the Canary Islands for a year during the first Gulf war, mostly due to frustration over America s military involvement After returning to the US in 1992, she separated from her husband.In 1994, Kingsolver was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from her alma mater, DePauw University She was also married to Steven Hopp, that year, and their daughter, Lily, was born in 1996 In 2004, Kingsolver moved with her family to a farm in Washington County, Virginia, where they currently reside In 2008, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Duke University, where she delivered a commencement address entitled How to be Hopeful.In a 2010 interview with The Guardian, Kingsolver says, I never wanted to be famous, and still don t, the universe rewarded me with what I dreaded most She says created her own website just to compete with a plethora of fake ones, as a defence to protect my family from misinformation abhors a vacuum If you don t define yourself, it will get done for you in colourful ways.

    866 thoughts on “Animal Dreams”

    1. In a letter to Codi, Hallie writes, "'What keeps you going isn't some fine destination but just the road you're on, and the fact that you know how to drive.'" This is not a love story as the back of the book may have you believe. Sure, people fall in and out of love within its pages, but this book is really about understanding oneself amid a lifetime of memories and secretse risks we take not only when we cheat ourselves, but when we find ourselves, too. I read this for the first time two years [...]

    2. I was a bit disturbed that I could appreciate this book. While I have liked a lot of Kingsolver's other work, this particular book is centered around the sort of seriously damaged character that usually turns me off to a book. And had I read this in high school, or college, or maybe even grad school, I'm fairly certain I would have disliked it tremendously.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 app [...]

    3. This is only the second book that I've read by Barbara Kingsolver, and I'm very interested in learning about her writing process. She has this infectious, cultural curiosity that drives her to learn anything and everything about a place and its peopleeven if they only exist in her mind. She creates an entire world of history, geography, lineage and folklore. 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. Even w [...]

    4. Let's say you are a completely unlikable medical-school-dropout who's had a somewhat unpleasant but not exactly trauma-worthy childhood who has returned to your hometown to teach biology to a group of poverty-stricken high schoolers while watching over your dad who is slowly sinking into dementia. That would essentially be the perfect time for hanging out at your best-friend-from-high-school's house all day, enjoying the company of her droll children, flirting with your inexplicably devoted Nati [...]

    5. My memory, like Codi's, is for shit. I have very few memories -- from childhood through this week -- that aren't factually suspect, and thus justifiably subject to correction by others. This is either sad or liberating, depending on my mood and motivation, and provides both impetus for and against the writing down of Real Life. Sometimes the only proof I want is the emotional residue. But sometimes that, too, is inaccurate -- like the blinding "pop" in Codi's recurring dream, even the subconscio [...]

    6. I stayed up late tonight finishing this book. I just bought the book 2 days ago at a used bookstore. This was an uncharacteristically fast read for me. I read like I eat - slowly and often distracted. I've been sobbing (not crying, SOBBING) through the last half of the book. I'm just getting over a nasty cold and it definitely wasn't pretty. 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- [...]

    7. This is my favorite Kingsolver novel, and I've re-read it several times, not because it's the best "literature" but because I loved several the characters and some of the imagery I even named my cat after the main character's sister. Sort of. Anyway, it's readable in a day or two; it's a little preachy and the plot is contrived, but of great sentimental value to me. And the scene of Cody's aging father developing black and white photographs meant to resemble completely unrelated objects really a [...]

    8. Picked this one up for next to nothing at a garage sale in September along with Sol Yurik's "The Warriors" and S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders". 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 [...]

    9. The book was interesting light reading, easy to read; not very demanding. Overall, however, I found it disappointing.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 [...]

    10. I found this at Brattleboro Books, the used bookstore in town, and thought that if I actually bought it, maybe I would finally read it. I've checked it out of three different libraries now at least five times, but somehow have always been too distracted to get into it. I have paid enough library fines because of this to have paid for my used copy several times, I'm sure. But ohhh my. This was perfect. My (early-)mid-winter desert escape.How do these things find us just when we need them? I think [...]

    11. "Animals dream about the things they do in the day time just like people do. If you want sweet dreams, you've got to live a sweet life." So says Loyd Peregrina, a handsome Apache trainman and latter-day philosopher. But when Codi Noline returns to her hometown, Loyd's advice is painfully out of her reach. Dreamless and at the end of her rope, Codi comes back to Grace, Arizona to confront her past and face her ailing, distant father. What the finds is a town threatened by a silent environmental c [...]

    12. This is the Kalamazoo Public Library's Reading Together 2008 book, and I would highly recommend it. It deals with family issues, Alzheimer's, environmental issues, political issues (specifically Nicaragua in the 1980's), and Native American issues, yet it is not an "issue book." It is a captivating story of a 30-something woman who returns to her small hometown and struggles with opening herself up to life. That may make it sound sappy, but it's not, because Cosima, our protagonist and narrator, [...]

    13. Barbara Kingsolver has a gift that allows the reader to identify with the land that she is writing about. This story is as much about the main character, Cosima Noline, as it is about her hometown Gracela Canyon, where she grew up and moves back to as a thirty-something. As with Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible, this story has the characters reflect on their place in the world as individuals as well as in their family, community and workplace. The writing is moving and beautiful. And although I rea [...]

    14. This book is really about understanding oneself amid a lifetime of memories and secretse risks we take not only when we cheat ourselves, but when we find ourselves, too. It covers a lot of territory and while this may look like a laundry list of boring topics, it’s not, and many of these are slightly touched upon while others are delved into and are part of what makes up Codi, our narrator and main character: corporate interference and environmental impact, cock fighting, family issues, the at [...]

    15. This book wrecked me.When I first read the 30% of the book I had absolutely no feelings for the main character, even though it was written in first person.I just read it because I loved the way Kingsolver took time to creat and portray her environment, as well as setting. The last 30% of the book was massively different from the first one. And I think that's when my perspective on this novel changed.It's a brilliant piece of work, that needs to be read slowly and cherished fully - to finally gra [...]

    16. i reeled so hard when i reached ‘the luckiest person alive’. i’d forgotten that about hallie, even though i’d read the entire book once before, so long ago. i’d forgotten how it ends. i was unprepared for hallie. i forgot about codi getting back on the train. i remembered parts of the book i forgot i’d read, and then remembered specific parts of the book that never even happened at all. kept coming back to what abuelita viola says on the last page. “no, if you remember something, t [...]

    17. I am feeling a very eerie sort of calm now. But I also feel my throat still choked up, the way it does when you want to suppress your tears.I will have to read it again, much slowly the next time, because I feel like I did no justice to the book by reading it the way I did. Codi's voice was too disturbingly similar. At the end of it all, however, I cant help but wonder if I could do what she did - jump on that train, despite or because of everything that transpired through the text. I wonder if [...]

    18. Animal Dreams has everything in it that I love about Kingsolver's writing -- her vision-filled writing style, and sense of place. I loved immersing myself in the Latino-spiced culture, and the Native American wisdom of the nearby pueblo people enriches the mix. That being said, two things almost made me put it down, and only Kingsolver's talent as a writer kept me going. The book is basically a romance novel, not my favorite genre, but I can endure a romance novel if there is more to the plot, w [...]

    19. An all-around good book. A little heartbreak, a little hope, a little humor, and none of it overdone. Easy to read, but by no means brain candy. There are some very valuable observations woven into the story, nicely understated. Codi's little journey reminds us that the way we remember things may have nothing to do with actual events, and that little things we do for others and for the earth can be important for both the doer and the "doee." ;)The main character is a tall female like me, and I l [...]

    20. I was surprisingly happy with the ending of this book, but the problem was the rest of it. Throughout, I found myself feeling like there was something missing about Codi. Or at least something *I* was missing. I understood that she was troubled, but I couldn't figure out if I liked her anyway. I understood that she was working through her issues, but I couldn't decide if she was taking too long or not taking long enough. I understood that she loved her sister, but I couldn't tell if the relation [...]

    21. In this book, they tell it from two different people's perspective. The main character, Codi, is very open about all of her feelings and what she feels should be done. The father, on the other hand, is very mysterious and only really told about through Codi's point of view. However, after hearing everything Codi has to say about her father, you read a little part from her father's view, which is completely different from Codi's. I think you learn more about each character this way, and about how [...]

    22. This is far and away my favorite book. Yes, asking an avid reader to choose a favorite is like asking a parent to choose a favorite child, I know. But this book. This is the book that made me start re-reading things. This is the book that feels like it was written about my life. This book combines so many things - familial relationships and how we navigate them as we age, losing loved ones, suffering in private, moving back home as an adult, fears of all shapes and sizes, romantic relationships, [...]

    23. This book was captivating. Kingsolver has a rare gift of painting emotion with every word. She does not spend pages writing detailed descriptions of a character's face; she spends a novel intertwining characters personalities. You can feel the passion, the heavy sadness; you can see the world in which this story lives. She wrote so beautifully of Native American life, modern city life, loss in many ways (loss of body, mind, feeling, family) but also of gaining all those things back in a true-to- [...]

    24. This was pretty silly. I loved Poisonwood Bible and Prodigal Summer, and this was promising, with complex themes of environmental ethics and international social justice issues. I thought the narration (first person, mid-thirties female who teaches high school biology in her tiny southwestern hometown) was so trite and annoying! I think Barbara Kingsolver is a talented writer, so I'm not sure what happened here. Much of the story was about Codi, the narrator, coming to terms with coming to the h [...]

    25. This is a wonderful book. It does what many stories try to do: it simply tells a person's life, a snippet of time in the grand scheme of things, and in the process touches on some larger truth. Something that helps a reader with a new perspective, a new thing to think about. Many stories try to do this. Most fail to do it thoroughly.But Animal Dreams does it. It is pierced through with sorrow and love and loss and growth, all wrapped up in one special town that most see as a place to move from. [...]

    26. Ok, I cried. Laughed, too, but books that can actually squeeze a tear out of me are few and far between - especially one's that aren't overtly manipulative.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 [...]

    27. After a somewhat slow start, this turned out to be a great read! I really loved the imagery of the southwest, and all the great characters that Kingsolver brings to life. 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 [...]

    28. This was a pleasant, "chick lit" kind of read and I can't, for the life of me," figure out why the community where I live chose it as a community read. The most I got out of this tale is a desire to visit Arizona. It's a nice story and I liked the central character and her boyfriend, but I fail to see any deep meanings which would resonate with the whole Midwestern county where I live. There's an environmental subplot that is amusingly and deftly handled, but it's not central to the story. If an [...]

    29. I cant even begin to articulate how moving and beautiful I found this book. I am still reeling from it and bet it will stay with me for a long time. As with many of Kingsolver's books, it is about much more than the plot suggests: sisters, finding home, history, environmentalism, gender, family ties, race, US imperialism, etc. Yet it is so rooted that it all makes sense. This might be my favorite book.

    30. Breathtakingly beautiful. I stayed in bed all morning to finish this book, forgetting about my to do list and letting myself sob. This story is about what it means to belong, and the lure of anonymity when one is fueled by a narrative of aloneness. Kingsolver's writing feels like a warm blanket on a crisp desert evening.

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