“A Must Read. Excellent.”Bill M wrote this review Saturday, August 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it either. It took me over a month to read because I just couldn't get into it.
I found the book extremely depressing and I didn't like how it just "ended," although I'm not sure of a better way to end it. I'm not likely to recommend it.”
“This book was a slow start, but the end was worth it. An interesting look at a very different culture and how it can affect relationships. A poignant look at how some relationships can fail as people grow apart rather than together.”Karen DiBella wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Butterflies that changed someone's mind about an affair? Butterflies that have the entire country flocking to Knoxville, Tennessee?
Yes...butterflies may be what Dellarobia needed to change her boring farm life into something more exciting and something more inclined to her intelligence.
Migrating monarch butterflies and global warming were the main focus of FLIGHT BEHAVIOR. The word "flight" seemed to have two meanings in this book. To me it meant how Dellarobia was trying to flee the doldrums of her life as well as referring to the miracle of the flight of the monarch butterflies who instinctively knew where to go. Her life was never a pleasant one in terms of family and financial situations.
The book had deep meanings but to me I was seeing the surface of the book which focused on Dellarobia's life. The reader will follow Dellarobia through her daily life, her financial struggles, and the unpleasant living conditions she had. She had to live on her in-laws' farm and deal with her critical mother-in-law.
You will feel sorry for Dellarobia and will keep hoping something good will come out of the uproar the butterflies caused on the farm. Dellarobia is an endearing character you will want to talk to, try to help, and wish you could actually meet. Her mother-in-law was someone you wouldn’t want to meet. Her husband was indifferent about everything, and her children were sweet.
FLIGHT BEHAVIOR is an excellent read even though it took a few pages to get you hooked. The characters are what carried the book instead of the storyline. Characters who had a connection to each other but in reality were disconnected and made the book unique. Ms. Kingsolver's masterful writing and detailed descriptions will take you away and pull you right in.
Science buffs will thoroughly enjoy the butterfly research as well as Ovid, the head scientist. Overall the book was enjoyable, enlightening, and one that will make you think about your family, your life, your contribution to the world as a person, and how to improve yourself as well as the small part of the world that you inhabit. 4/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation in return for an honest review. I picked up this book at the Bea in June of 2013.”
“A great author writing about global warming, a current topic. Informative and thought provoking with the side story of a woman who finds herself through her relationship with a scientist. ”Bobbi wrote this review Thursday, August 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Just OK - I always expect something wonderful from Barbara Kingsolver...and while her writing is fantastic...this story was not as good as I had hoped...”Ruth wrote this review Wednesday, August 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Barbara Kingsolver is one of my favorite authors. Her stories always have an intended message for the reader. Some, books like Poisonwood Bible, are more subtle in carrying the message, but this book has no subtleness. She wants every to get the message.
Dellarobia is a young mother of two living in Appalachian Tennessee. Her family is poor and they struggle to eat well and have shoes that fit and have wear warm clothing. She struggles, as well, with feelings that her life has taken her on an unfulfilling path. She intends to remedy that as the book opens, but is stopped by an event she doesn’t fully understand but considers nearly miraculous and life changing. How she finds and structures her new life path amongst all the daily considerations and people in her life fills the remaining pages of the book.
I really liked Dellarobia. She certainly has failings, but is intelligent, observes things in and about people and the world that I would never see, and she has a wonderful heart. Kingsolver also introduces us to others in Feathertown, TN, some who have lived there a life time and some who come to experience Dellarobia’s miracle event. I often laughed out loud at the people in this book, not because I found them backward or stupid, but because I recognized in them myself or my friends.
Get to know the inhabitants of Feathertown, TN with Dellarobia, Cub, Bear, Hester, Bobby, Ovid, and all the others. Recommended.
“Flight Behavior is a poignant family drama in which a small Tennessee community is caught up in a clash between a logging company and environmental activists. The novel also functions as a timely cautionary tale as Barbara Kingsolver provides the reader with valuable insight about the dire consequences of clearcut logging and delivers a blistering condemnation of irresponsible journalists who, obsessed with ratings and the need to please corporate sponsors, sensationalize stories with little regard for truth or integrity.”Alan S wrote this review Saturday, August 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Disappointing, overall. Readable, but disappointing. The characters are cut-out cardboard cliches and the debates on climate change are tedious and artificial. In fact it is almost like the dialogue is trying so hard NOT to seem artificial that it seems even more so. The attempts by the author to make the dialogue sound current and hip come off as a sort of mishmash of slang from different eras, too. Some people, especially some Americans, may appreciate Kingsolver's attempt to address a range of issues made extra difficult by the polarization in American society. The problem, for me, is that she uses a hammer and anvil rather than a delicate paintbrush, and what we end up with is loud clanging debate rather than a story with subtle undertones of various issues. If nothing else, though, this novel demonstrates how difficult it is to write a novel about climate change (and maybe functions as a lesson than writing a novel "about" an issue doesn't usually work). The orange butterflies are beautiful and compelling as an image though ("the lake of fire"), and almost make this book worth reading, I'd say.”Trevor Kew wrote this review Friday, August 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No