“How a nature book essentially about climate change can be so interesting is a mystery to me. It was Kingsolver's way with words and her humor shining through in her characters that did it. Dellarobia lives in the Appalachian South and Kingsolver tells a fictitious tale of Monarch Butterflies literally moving to her backyard. The book being based on fact, is essentially informative but woven as it is in a perfect tale of human behaviour it remains very interesting. I couldn't put it down.”mala wrote this review Saturday, April 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not my favorite of Kingsolver's books. A bit slow to get started and I did not like the ending. Still, it was thought provoking in the extreme. And the characters well developed. I also liked the setting, Appalachia. So, all in all it was a good read. I am glad I read it. ”EISSPE wrote this review Thursday, April 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed this book, despite doing it the disservice of taking forever to read it, and leaving it for about a month to finish some library books that were due back!
The story of Dellarobia and her family and the strange natural phenomenon caused by global warming really gets the reader thinking. It's interesting to see the way the characters evolve and grow during the story's winter.
I've read three of Barbara Kingsolver's novels (the others were Lacuna and The Poisonwood Bible). She chooses good meaty topics and real events, then builds the novel around them, so you end up feeling as though you learn something as well as being entertained. ”
“2.5 stars. With so many other books, I'd pass on this one. The novel felt rather disjointed between trying to address climate change, embedded attitudes, religion - maybe she tried to cover too many topics but couldn't quite put it all together. Even the character & her "flighty" attitude wasn't all that compelling. But then again, we often look for some action or other provocative thoughts/experiences, & this story just reflected every day humdrum life & relations between families & in-laws, so in that way it was a real. Just a bit mixed.”Diane D wrote this review Friday, April 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Slow, but nice commentary on climate change and then character change.
“A beautiful story about butterflies, climate change and finding your own life path.”Rosereader wrote this review Wednesday, April 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Liked this book a lot. She is a great writer. ”Kris S wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Timely subject but it was difficult to get into.”Lesley C wrote this review Sunday, March 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I couldn't finish, will try again another time”Romari wrote this review Friday, March 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No