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Monthly Archive for February, 2013

In my last response I tried to explain why I was so frustrated with the characters, but I don’t feel that I got across what I wanted to, partly because I was still figuring it out. For me, this novel did have its good and bad points, I can’t say that I enjoyed the whole […]

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In recognizing that I have been fairly outspoken regarding Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior, I did want to take a moment to discuss a scene that I thought was particularly well done and from a literary standpoint, one of the more effective moments in the novel. This time they both shouted, Cub begging her to stop. But […]

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Here are the two pieces I’d like you to read for Thursday’s class: Lee Siegel’s essay “Sweet and Low” in the New Republic and Michelle Dean’s review of Flight Behavior in Slate.

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I have mixed feelings about the ending of this book. The first aspect that I noticed is that Kingsolver took her merry time wrapping up the story. I will have to admit that I thought this was kind of a slow read for me. I have read books that I enjoy more for sure, so […]

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Review of Flight Behavior

Here’s a link review in the Boston Globe of Kingsolver’s book and also a link to an interview with Kingsolver.  

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Although so far I’ve really enjoyed this novel, I also have found that I’ve been reading it like I would something more trivial. Something about the structure makes me read it the same way I would read “chick lit.” I think it has to to with the the way in which Kingsolver writes: everything is […]

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There are certain things that I think are really well crafted in this next section of Kingsolver’s book, Flight Behavior.  The introduction of the scientists, specifically Ovid Byron, shows a new dimension to Dellarobia’s character.  The differences and class and upbringing become very prevalent in the story.  Unlike other people in the town, Dellarobia and […]

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Flight Behavior

In light of Tuesday’s class discussion, I attempted to be consciously more aware of the manner in which certain characters were type-cast in predetermined cultural roles.  With this in mind, I became interested in Dellarobia and Cub’s relationship, which functions somewhat independently while still adequately reflecting the perception of ignorance in the south. They had […]

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Dellarobia and her Butterflies

This is no doubt that there are a lot of issues that are being represented in this book. Kingsolver does a great job of packing lots of modern day societal issues into one story. Global Warming, Religion, Education, Social class superiority, I can really appreciate her ability to blend an issue such as education into […]

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“Flight Behavior”

After reading Edith Pearlman, I had expected that Barbara Kingsolver was also a short story author with different characters and themes in each story. Once I read the first two chapters, I was caught off-guard that the book was about one woman and her family.  However, I did enjoy how each chapter was a different […]

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