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Holly B, July 4, 2012 (view all comments by Holly B)
Marvelous. Not quite the gut punch of The Poisionwood Bible, but Kingsolver delivers beautifully. She not only writes in an engaging fashion, but has an ability to show the beauty of other cultures in a way that demonstrates some of the poor choices and hypocrisy of our own, yet without any denigration. She really pulls you into the world in the pages in a way that makes you slowly digest the story, even if read quickly. I can't read her books too close together, since she gives so much food for thought. Great, great author. I am certain her books are tomorrow's classics.
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Branden Harris, May 20, 2012 (view all comments by Branden Harris)
Animal Dreams is the book I re-read every once in a while to remind myself how enjoyable reading can be. The main character can seem a little whiny at times, but that doesn't make her any less loveable.

My favorite book of all time. 5/5
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JaimeJRich, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by JaimeJRich)
Animal Dreams is my favorite book of all time. I picked it out from my Jr. High library (15 years ago) because of the colorful book cover, and I'm so glad it did, because Kingsolver and her protagonist actually inspired me to move to the desert, where I spent several idyllic years of my life. This is a book very much centered around it's setting -- a small town in Southern Arizona -- so if you have any fondness for the Tucson area, Native American & Hispanic border culture, and the magical beauty of the Southwest, you will probably enjoy the book based on this alone. The story centers around Cosima "Codi" Noline, a 30-something medical school dropout who we first see working in a 7-11. She is extremely close to her dynamic younger sister, Haley, a passionate humanitarian who is helping peasant revolutionaries in Central America. While Haley is off trying to save the world, Codi is drifting through her life aimlessly, unable to hold on to a real relationship or make goals for herself. She returns to her hometown to take care of her Alzheimer's-ridden father, and we see exactly why she's spent her whole adult life running away from things. Animal Dreams is a story of hope and forgiveness, and it's written beautifully. Barbara Kingsolver is a scientist with the soul of a poet.
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raephar, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by raephar)
I have read several of Barbara Kingsolver's books and this one is my favorite. It spoke to me because I grew up in a small town and I understand the mixed emotions felt when going back. This is a great book.
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mccann.janet, October 14, 2006 (view all comments by mccann.janet)
The interrelationships between change and traditions provide the structure and movement in Animal Dreams. The backdrop of ancient cultures whose importance reverberate in the presence provide the tension that make the change standout. Threads of personal change run throughout the book. Codi Noline moves from someone who runs away from her past and looks for someone else to give her direction to a person who discovers she belongs in her hometown and has found her own role in life. Her sister Hallie finds her life so changed by the immigrants that bed down at their shared apartment that she moves to Nicaragua. Loyd Peregrina finds that his values change as his relationship with Codi develops. Codi?s father has long ago remade himself to escape the taint of his family?s past and is changing once again as he descends into Alzheimer. The members of the Stitch and Bitch group of Codi?s hometown of Grace Arizona become empowered to become change agents in their community. The corporation that owns the mine is forced into change in reaction to the publicity that exposes their disregard for the community.

The other dominant changes occur to the land and drive the actions of the individuals either through their concern or their indifference to it. The land itself changes as it is acted upon by the community and the corporation. The earliest builders on the land consciously tried to fit their buildings into the natural landscape so as to be almost invisible but newer buildings did not. The mining companies had no respect for the land and the ecosystem and had been systematically changing and destroying it for years. Much the same kind of disregard is occurring in Nicaragua to both the land and the people. Hallie?s letters report how the insurgents destroy the land and they people with disregard to the consequences. Hallie on the other hand nurtures the land by providing the inhabitants with information on how to make their crops more productive without damaging the environment with pesticides.
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Kingsolver, Barbara
by Barbara Kingsolver
Davidson, Diane Mott
New York :
Love stories
General Fiction
Domestic fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Trade PB
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no. 643
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Grade Level:
from K to 4
9 x 6 x 1.09 in 17.42 oz
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"Synopsis" by , In a combination of flashbacks, dreams, and Native American legends, the acclaimed author of The Bean Trees offers a suspenseful love story and a moving exploration of life's largest commitments. "Probes the human heart with uncommon wisdom".--New York Newsday.

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